New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group

The New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) advises the government on the threat posed by new and emerging respiratory viruses.

Role of group

NERVTAG is an expert committee of the Department of Health (DH), and advises the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and, through the CMO, to ministers, DH and other Government departments.

It provides scientific risk assessment and mitigation advice on the threat posed by new and emerging respiratory virus threats and on options for their management.

Code of practice

New and emerging respiratory virus threats advisory group (NERVTAG): member code of practice (PDF, 106KB, 13 pages)


Current members are:

  • Professor Peter Horby (Chair): University of Oxford
  • Professor Wendy Barclay: Imperial College London
  • Dr Matthew Donati: Public Health England, Bristol Public Health Laboratory and University Hospitals Trust
  • Professor John Edmunds: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Neil Ferguson: Medical Research Council, Imperial College London
  • Professor Andrew Hayward: University College London
  • Dr Benjamin Killingley: University College London Hospital NHS Trust
  • Professor Wei Shen Lim: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Jim McMenamin: Health Protection Scotland
  • Professor Peter Openshaw: Imperial College London
  • Professor Malcolm Semple: University of Liverpool
  • Professor Robert Dingwall: Dingwall Enterprises Ltd. and Nottingham Trent University
  • Dr James Rubin: Kings College London
  • Dr Chloe Sellwood: Co-opted Member, NHS England
  • Dr Bob Winter: Co-opted Member, NHS England
  • Professor Ian Brown: Co-opted Member, Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)

Members’ biographies

NERVTAG: member biographies (PDF, 63.4KB, 5 pages)

Members’ interests

NERVTAG: register of member interests (PDF, 258KB, 6 pages)

Annual report

NERVTAG: Annual report December 2014 to December 2015.


NERVTAG: meeting minutes and papers

NERVTAG Secretariat

Public Health England
National Infections Service
Respiratory Diseases Department
61 Colindale Avenue
London NW9 5EQ
Tel: 020 8327 7060

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