Chris O'CallaghanProject Coordinator NCIC Clinical Trials Group.Assistant Professor, Community Health and Epidemiology.
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BiographyChris O'Callaghan received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Guelph, Canada in 1989, graduating with distinction, first in class.
After two years spent in mixed-animal practice, he
returned to undertake research in tropical veterinary medicine.Supported by the Canadian International Development Agency
completed a preliminary assessment of the epidemiology of tick-borne diseases on smallholder dairy farms in the central Kenyan highlands.This work formed the basis of his Master of Science degree in Veterinary Epidemiology, conferred in 1993 and for which he was the Ontario Veterinary College nominee for The D.F. Forester and The Governor General's Academic Medals.He
was awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) of Canada Fellowship to continue his
research and training and returned to the smallholder farms of Kenya to complete a year-long study of the epidemiology of Theileriosis, conducting laboratory analyses at the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases
(ILRAD) in Nairobi.In 1994 he joined the Ecology & Epidemiology Group of the University of Warwick as a visiting researcher to undertake further training in analytical methods and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, and became a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons the same year.Under a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project, he expanded his research on tick-borne diseases to include Heartwater in Zimbabwe and was appointed a joint University of Warwick/International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, formerly ILRAD) Research Fellow in 1996.
In both 1998 and 1999 he
was nominated at ILRI for the Peter Doherty Young Scientist Award.After completing his PhD degree in Analytical Epidemiology and becoming a British Citizen, he accepted a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship and was promoted to Senior Research Fellow.
In 2000, he
was seconded to Queen's University
as an adjunct professor.In 2001, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor and joined the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group, where, in addition to his duties as Project Co-ordinator, he continues his research on the epidemiology of tick-borne diseases of man and livestock.