Anne Mandall Johnson

Dame Anne Johnson
Born Anne Mandall Johnson
(1954-01-30) 30 January 1954
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Newcastle upon Tyne, University of Cambridge, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Awards Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Scientific career
Institutions University College London

Dame Anne Mandall Johnson DBE (born 30 January 1954)[1] is a British epidemiologist, known for her work in the areas of HIV, sexually transmitted infections and infectious diseases.[2][3] [4]


Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Medical Sciences, Tripos Part I, from the University of Cambridge in 1974. In 1978, she received her Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in Clinical Medicine from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1979, she received a Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge.

She specialised in epidemiology and public health, becoming a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP, Clinical Medicine) in 1982, and earning a Master of Science (MSc) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1984.[5]


Johnson is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Chair of the Grand Challenge for Global Health at University College London.[6] She was formerly Director of the University's Division of Population Health. She was Chair of the Medical Research Council Population Health Sciences Group until 2010.[5][7] She is a National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator.[8]

In her clinical research career she has focused on epidemiology and prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. Her work includes sexual lifestyle studies, international HIV cohort studies, and behavioural intervention studies. She has led randomised control trials of behavioural interventions to promote sexual health. Aside from HIV/AIDS research, she also researches epidemiological and immunological determinants of seasonal and pandemic influenza transmission.[8]

She is principal investigator in the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL), which has run in 1990, 2000, and 2010. Her work on the national survey of sexual attitudes and lifestyles not only maps the extent of the HIV epidemic but also tracks changes in behaviour over time.[8][9][10]

The NATSAL-III study had a broader emphasis on sexuality in the context of health and well-being, and tracked four other sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, and Mycobacterium genitalium in addition to HIV.[9]

She was one of the presenters to the House of Lords Select Committee on Intergovernmental Organisations.[11] In November 2010, she was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust.[8]

Awards and honors

Among other awards, she was appointed, in 2013, a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, as a result of which she is properly styled "Professor Dame Anne Johnson, DBE".[7]


  1. "Anne Mandall JOHNSON profile at". Debrett's. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  2. Watts, Geoff (2013). "Anne Johnson and Patrick Vallance: same starting point, different outcomes". The Lancet. 381: S4–S5. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60446-8. PMID 23452935.
  3. Leaders In Medicine: Professor Anne Johnson (2011) on YouTube "One day, a journalist rang us up... the survey had been banned by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher"
  4. The current challenges of HIV/AIDS by Anne Johnson (2013) on YouTube "The first thing is that everyone isn't on treatment, and that's the major challenge globally"
  5. 1 2 3 "Prof Dame Anne Johnson". UCL IRIS Institutional Research Information Service. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  6. "Professor Dame Anne Johnson MD, FMedSci, FRCP, FFPH, FRCGP". Wellcome Trust. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  7. 1 2 "Professor Anne Johnson receives damehood in Queen's Birthday Honours". UCL News. University College London. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  8. 1 2 3 4 "Leading public health expert appointed to Wellcome Trust Board of Governors". Wellcome Trust. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  9. 1 2 Fleming, Nic. "Anne Johnson and NATSAL: the study of sexual lifestyles and attitudes in Britain". Wellcome Trust. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  10. "Wellcome legacy: 75 years of scientific advancement". The Independent. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  11. House of Lords, Select Committee on Intergovernmental Organisations (2007). Diseases know no frontiers : how effective are intergovernmental organisations in controlling their spread? : 1st report of session 2007-08 (PDF). London: Stationery Office. ISBN 9780104013304. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
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