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Tony Fooks

Between 2000 and 2017, Dr Fooks led a research team at The Animal and Plant Health Agency working on a range of viral zoonotic pathogens. In 2002, he was appointed Director of a World Health Organisation Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response Collaborating Centre and in 2006 was appointed a Designated OIE Reference Expert.

In 2015, Dr Fooks was elected to the OIE Biological Standards Commission and is part of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs roster as an OIE nominated expert for the investigation into the alleged use of biological weapons.

Between 2017 and 2020, Dr Fooks was the scientific lead for International Development in APHA, responsible for enhancing the international influence of APHA by extending the range of international appointments, partnerships and funding sources. In addition, he was responsible for the science delivery of a range of EU-Exit projects ensuring that the scientific work of the agency supported future UK global trade deals.

Since 2020, Dr Fooks has been Head of the Virology Department and a consultant in Global Animal Health. Dr Fooks has published more than 350 scientific reports in international journals on a variety of viral pathogens. Dr Fooks’ scientific research is focused on ‘One Health’ with an emphasis on emerging and zoonotic RNA viruses.

Dr Fooks is an Honorary Visiting Professor of Virology in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool, UK and also a Honorary Visiting Professor of Viral Zoonoses in the Institute for Infection and Immunity at St George’s Medical School, University of London, UK. Dr Fooks is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Zoological Society of London, University of London, UK.


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End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate. World Rabies Day September 28

September 28th marks the 14th World Rabies Day. This year, we hear from Dr Lorraine McElhinney and Professor Tony Fooks as they talk about this year’s theme ‘End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate’. Find out how APHA is contributing to the UK Government’s commitment to eliminate dog associated human rabies by 2030.