David Goldblatt

Professor David Goldblatt is a Consultant Paediatric Immunologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and Professor of Vaccinology and Immunology and Head of the Immunobiology Unit at the Institute of Child Health, University College London (UCL).
He is also the Director of Clinical Research and Development at GOSH and the Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at GOSH/UCL.


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Qualifications and training


He obtained his medical degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, his paediatric qualifications from the Royal College of Physicians (London) and a PhD in Immunology from the University of London, United Kingdom.

He is a regular advisor to the World Health Organisation (WHO) on bacterial conjugate vaccines and is Director of the WHO Reference Laboratory for Pneumococcal Serology based at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London.

He served as a member of the United Kingdom Department of Health Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) for 10 years (1997-2007), currently contributes to two JCVI subcommittees and has served as a member of both the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust funding panels. He is currently a member of the Wellcome Trust’s 'Immune System in Health and Disease' Expert Review Group.

Research interests

Professor Goldblatt has a long-standing interest in the immune response to vaccines and infectious diseases in childhood and has an active research programme studying bacterial conjugate vaccines, the kinetics of immunological memory and immunity and infections in early life.

He is involved in clinical trials and basic science research projects in the United Kingdom, Africa and south-east Asia and collaborates with colleagues in Europe and the USA.