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Prof Graham Hart
Institute for Global Health
Faculty of Population Health Sciences
London
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Appointment
  • Professor of Sexual Health and HIV Research
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Professor Graham J Hart is Professor of Sexual Health & HIV Research at University College London and Co-Director of UCL Health of the Public, a virtual School bringing academic disciplines together to solve complex health problems. From 2011- 2021, Graham was the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences.

Graham graduated from the University of Leicester with 1st Class Hons in Social Sciences (1978) and was awarded his PhD from the University of Kent at Canterbury (1982). He was appointed Lecturer in Medical Sociology at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School (1986) and Associate Director of the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow (1994). 

Graham is currently: Co-Chair of the MRC/DfID African Research Leader Scheme and Member of the MRC Population Health Strategy Group. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a Governor on the Board of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and a Non-Executive Member of the Advisory Board of the UK Health Security Agency.

Research Summary

Professor Hart's research interests include sexual riskbehaviour and the prevention of HIV and STIs, combining structural, behavioural,and biomedical approaches to prevention and the opportunities afforded by newprevention technologies. He has worked with a wide range of populations at riskof HIV and STIs, nationally and internationally. This includes men who have sexwith men, young people, sex workers, and vulnerable groups in developed anddeveloping countries.

His major contributions are to health policy and promotion, particularly in HIVand sexual health. Two significant examples are: needle exchange for injectingdrug users (IDU); HIV prevention in men who have sex with men (MSM).

After needs assessment which found high levels of sharingof drug injecting equipment amongst IDU he was instrumental in setting up, andthen evaluating, the first dedicated needle-exchange in the UK and the roll-outof this harm reduction strategy in England and Wales using combined behaviouraland biomarker data. This work has been cited internationally, helped with theadoption of harm minimisation globally, and contributed to reduced parenteraltransmission of HIV throughout the world.

His research on men who have sex with men is widely citedand has informed HIV prevention strategies in the UK and internationally. Heundertook the first community-based survey of prevalent HIV using oral fluidantibody tests and the first UK evaluation of peer-education for risk reductionin MSM. He led work which first described in Scotland increased risk-behaviourafter the introduction of HIV therapy in the mid-1990s, and subsequentlyspecified the undiagnosed fraction of HIV in community-recruited MSM across theUK. This work also demonstrated high levels of sexual risk taking in HIVpositive men. These studies have informed the development of HIV prevention inMSM in the UK and internationally and been vital for government and NGOprevention efforts.

Teaching Summary

MSc in Sexually Transmitted Diseases & HIV

MSc in Health Psychology

MBBS

Appointments
01-AUG-2011 – 31-JUL-2021 Dean Faculty of Population Health Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1982   Doctor of Philosophy University of Kent
1978   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Leicester
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