Professor Mary Slack

UK Clinical Vaccine Network Conference
Wednesday 12th - Thursday 13th June 2024

Prof Mary Slack

Professor Slack is an Independent Consultant Medical Microbiologist. She was formerly employed by Public Health England (PHE) as Consultant Medical Microbiologist and Head of the Haemophilus Reference Unit in the Respiratory & Vaccine Preventable Bacteria Reference Unit, Colindale, London, United Kingdom. She coordinated the laboratory aspects of enhanced population-based surveillance on invasive H. influenzae and pneumococcal disease in England and Wales. From 1975 to 2003 she was the University Lecturer (Honorary Consultant) in Bacteriology at the University of Oxford, being responsible for clinical microbiology teaching to Oxford Clinical Medical Students.

She was formerly Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Haemophilus influenzae and Head of the Global Reference Laboratory for H. influenzae in the WHO Global Vaccine-Preventable Invasive Bacterial Disease (VP-IBD) Surveillance Network. She has worked extensively in developing countries- assisting WHO, PATH, IVI, Hib Initiative and PneumoADIP by providing technical support, advice and training for sentinel site surveillance of paediatric bacterial meningitis, pneumonia and sepsis. Her principal research interests include the epidemiology of invasive haemophilus and pneumococcal infections and the impact of Hib and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines. Her findings in these areas have been widely published and presented at national and international meetings.