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An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge


Neil J. Saad is an epidemiologist and an expert in humanitarian health and in the response to public health emergencies. He is currently a visiting fellow at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.
He trained in epidemiology and public health at Imperial College London and completed his postdoctoral training at Yale University, where he was a Francqui Foundation Fellow. He also was an EPIET fellow, of the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control, based at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, Germany.
He has worked for several years in humanitarian crises and conflict settings with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders and the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Syria, Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territory.
He currently works at the World Health Organization in the Health Emergencies Programme, where he focuses on disease surveillance and outbreak response. As a Visiting Fellow at Hughes Hall and the University of Cambridge, he is interested in bridging the gap between academia and the operational realities of health emergencies.

Research Interests:

He uses a range of methods to address key questions that increase understanding, impact policy, and improve health and humanitarian action.
Methods expertise: Systematic reviews and meta-analysis, statistical data-analysis of large datasets, mathematical modelling, field studies, surveys, nutrition and needs assessments.

Current research interests include:

  1. Epidemics in protracted crises and humanitarian contexts
  2. Public health intelligence and disease surveillance
  3. Climate, health and displacement

Full publication list here.

Visiting Fellow, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge

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