Professor Tom Solomon

About Tom Solomon

Professor Tom Solomon is Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, and Professor of Neurological Science at the University of Liverpool and The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust. He co-leads the Neurological Infectious Diseases Service at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

After qualifying in Medicine at the University of Oxford, his research training included three years at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam, and two years at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA.  

He works on emerging pathogens, particularly those that affect the brain, heading the multi-disciplinary Liverpool Brain Infections Group. His group works to reduce the UK and global burden of emerging neurological infections in adults and children, with major UK and international programmes on Covid-19. 

He is a keen teacher, leading the annual Neurological Infectious Diseases course in Liverpool, and an enthusiastic science communicator, appearing often on television and radio. 


Neurological infections 


Bachelor of Arts (BA, University of Oxford) 

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BM, BCh, University of Oxford) 

Diploma of Child Health (DCH) 

Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTMH) 

Fellow of Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)  

NIHR Senior Investigator? 

Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) 

Clinical/research interests

Neurological infections and emerging infections including diseases such as meningitis and encephalitis 

Membership of professional regional and national bodies

Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool. 

Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK 

Member of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens, Department of Health and Social Care. 

President of The Encephalitis Society 

Member of the Medical Research Council Infection and Immunity Board, 

Member of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens, Department of Health and Social Care. 

Member of the COVID-19 Vaccines Benefit Risk Expert Working Group, for the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) committee of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) 

Chair of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) Board 

Chair, World Health Organisation Neuro-COVID Surveillance Group, advising the WHO Brain Health Unit 

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Page last updated: 20 July 2021