The title of the Gresham Professorship in Physic and Other Biological Sciences shows its origin in the time of the College's founding at the end of the 16th Century. The Professorship has been utilised for a range of subjects within the medical or biological sciences in recent years, including lecture series on immunology, the human eye, and heart surgery.
Professor Chris Whitty
Christopher Whitty CB FRCP FMedSci is Gresham Professor of Physic (the term for medicine when the post was created in 1597) at Gresham College. He is also Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, the UK Government's Chief Medical Adviser, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health and Social Care and head of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
He still practices as an NHS Consultant Physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. He is involved in many day-to-day public health decisions for the UK.
He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Science and Engineering Profession and was previously Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Before becoming CMO he was Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and was previously Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health.
Professor Whitty has worked as a clinician and in public health and clinical research in the UK, Africa and Asia. He undertook his postgraduate training in epidemiology, economics and medical law.
The major cancers and their prevention and treatment are the theme for his second series of lectures as Gresham Professor of Physic.
Professor Whitty's lectures series are as follows:
2020/21 Major Debates in Public Health
2019/20 Cancer: A Fight we are Steadily Winning (series continued into 2020/21)
2017/18 Chronic Diseases (as Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health)
2016/17 Bold Ideas in Medicine (as Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health)
2014/15, 2015/16 Medicine at the Extremes of Life (as Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health)
2013, 2014 and 2016 Imported Infections and Epidemics (as Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health)
All lectures by the Gresham Professors of Physic can be accessed here.