Laura Merson

Associate Director

Laura joined the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO) in 2015 to lead new initiatives in data sharing for emerging infections and neglected tropical diseases. This position integrates many of Laura’s research interests including exploring issues in sharing biomedical research data and in changing the paradigm of clinical research in outbreaks to enable rapid research response to emerging infections. As an executive member of the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infections Consortium (ISARIC), Laura has been integral in the development of standardised, open-access research protocols and data systems designed for outbreak response in collaboration with the World Health Organization. Before joining IDDO, Laura headed infectious disease research and capacity building in research design, implementation and ethics across Asia and Africa as Head of Clinical Trials for the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Viet Nam.