Christopher J. Gill, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
MS, Tufts University

Christopher Gill has an MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an MS from Tufts-Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Studies.Dr. Gill is an infectious disease specialist by training. From 2002-2008 he was a faculty member of the Department of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health, engaged in a wide variety of clinical trials and investigations. His research interests have focused on child survival, and include diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, pneumococcal and meningococcal disease, adherence to HIV medications, and neonatal survival. He was the principal investigator of the Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Project in Northern Zambia (LUNESP), a prospective, cluster randomized and controlled effectiveness study designed to determine whether training traditional birth attendants to manage several common perinatal conditions could reduce neonatal mortality in the setting of a resource poor country with limited access to healthcare. The results demonstrated that training traditional birth attendants in neonatal resuscitation skills significantly reduces neonatal mortality by approximately 50%. From 2008-end of 2010 he was the Director of the Meningitis ACWY conjugate vaccine clinical trials group at Novartis Vaccines. There he was responsible for the design, implementation and analysis of Phase IIb, III and IV clinical trials in support of the vaccine, and played a key role in licensing this new vaccine in over 60 countries around the world, including the US. In 2011, he rejoined the faculty at the BU Center for Global Health and Development and the BU School of Public Health, working as the Director of the BUSPH Pharmaceuticals Program from 2011-15, teaching, mentoring, and conducting research in the areas of HIV medication adherence in China, advocacy around child mortality due to diarrhea and pneumonia, pertussis and RSV disease surveillance in Zambia, and capacity building of Vietnamese community health workers using SMS text messaging. Dr. Gill is the 2015 recipient of the Norman Scotch Award for excellence in teaching at Boston University School of Public Health, and the 2016 recipient of Boston University's Metcalf Cup and Prize. The Metcalf Cup and Prize is BU's highest teaching honor, and is awarded to one of BU's >3500 faculty across its 17 colleges and schools each year.

2016 Boston University: Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching
2015 Boston University School of Public Health: Norman Scotch Award For Excellence In Teaching
2014 Boston University: Winner of Social Entrepreneurship category for the Tech Drugs and Rock and Roll completion
2013 BUSPH: Excellence in teaching
2012 British Medical Association: Finalist: research paper of the year, "Improving Health Awards"
2010 Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics: Novartis 'Team Award'
2010 Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics: Novartis 'Development Appreciation Award'
2009 Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics: Novartis 'STAR' award
2007 BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award
2005 BUSPH: Excellence in teaching award
2005 BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award

SAMIPS-NPC: Southern Africa Mother Infant Pertussis Study, Nasopharyngeal Carriage
09/25/2017 - 08/31/2020 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

The Zambia Pertussis/RSV Infant Mortality Estimation Study (Z-PRIME)
11/21/2016 - 04/30/2020 (PI)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

mCME Delivering continuing medical education to community health workers using cell phones
09/11/2014 - 07/31/2017 (PI)
NIH/Fogarty International Center

Southern Africa Mother-Infant Pertussis Study l (SAMIPS-l)
11/14/2014 - 06/30/2016 (PI)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Site Preparatory work in support of the upcoming SAMIPS study
06/02/2014 - 11/30/2015 (PI)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Co-Trimoxazole in Zambian Infants (TZI)
09/01/2004 - 08/31/2009 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
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Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Gill C, Rohani P, Thea DM. The relationship between mucosal immunity, nasopharyngeal carriage, asymptomatic transmission and the resurgence of Bordetella pertussis. F1000Res. 2017; 6:1568.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28928960.
  2. Sabin LL, Larson Williams A, Le BN, Herman AR, Viet Nguyen H, Albanese RR, Xiong W, Shobiye HO, Halim N, Tran LTN, McNabb M, Hoang H, Falconer A, Nguyen TTT, Gill CJ. Benefits and Limitations of Text Messages to Stimulate Higher Learning Among Community Providers: Participants'' Views of an mHealth Intervention to Support Continuing Medical Education in Vietnam. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2017 Jun 27; 5(2):261-273.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28655802.
  3. Gill CJ, Thea DM, Hibberd P. Diarrhoeal disease trends in the GBD 2015 study: optimism tempered by scepticism. Lancet Infect Dis. 2017 Sep; 17(9):884-885.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28579425.
  4. Gill CJ, Hodsdon L, Santosham M, O''Brien KL. The unattainable criteria for new infant vaccines. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2017 May 16; 1-9. PMID: 28509601.
  5. Brennan AT, Bonawitz R, Gill CJ, Thea DM, Long L, Fox MP. Prioritizing health outcomes of HIV-exposed, uninfected children in low and middle-income countries: response to Powis et al. AIDS. 2017 Jan 14; 31(2):317.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28002088; DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000001318;.
  6. Lapidot R, Gill CJ. The resurgence of pertussis: putting together the pieces of the puzzle. BMC Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines. 2016; 26(2).
  7. Lapidot R, Gill CJ. The Pertussis resurgence: putting together the pieces of the puzzle. Trop Dis Travel Med Vaccines. 2016; 2:26. PMID: 28883970.
  8. Gill CJ, Mwananyanda L, MacLeod W, Kwenda G, Mwale M, Williams AL, Siazeele K, Yang Z, Mwansa J, Thea DM. Incidence of Severe and Nonsevere Pertussis Among HIV-Exposed and -Unexposed Zambian Infants Through 14 Weeks of Age: Results From the Southern Africa Mother Infant Pertussis Study (SAMIPS), a Longitudinal Birth Cohort Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Dec 01; 63(suppl 4):S154-S164.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27838668.
  9. Gill CJ, Le Ngoc B, Halim N, Nguyen Viet H, Larson Williams A, Nguyen Van T, McNabb M, Tran Thi Ngoc L, Falconer A, An Phan Ha H, Rohr J, Hoang H, Michiel J, Nguyen Thi Thanh T, Bird L, Pham Vu H, Yeshitla M, Ha Van N, Sabin L. The mCME Project: A Randomized Controlled Trial of an SMS-Based Continuing Medical Education Intervention for Improving Medical Knowledge among Vietnamese Community Based Physicians'' Assistants. PLoS One. 2016; 11(11):e0166293.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27861516; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166293;.
  10. Ragan EJ, Johnson C, Milton JN, Gill CJ. Ear biometrics for patient identification in global health: a cross-sectional study to test the feasibility of a simplified algorithm. BMC Res Notes. 2016 Nov 02; 9(1):484.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27806727.
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Child survival
Respiratory infections
ART adherence

A consistent theme in my research is to include young scientists at every stage of a project. The best way to learn how to do research, is to do research under the supervision of someone who has more experience. That was how I learned, and is now how I practice. As a testament to this, in the period 2011-16, I co-authored 25 peer review publications with student mentees - most commonly with the students as lead authors.

As an infectious disease research, my professional interests are focused on the epidemiology of respiratory diseases. However, I frequently mentor outside of my discipline when encountering interesting and novel problems. Recent examples include work on developing a smart phone App for subject identification in low and middle income settings; a meta analysis of published meta-analyses, aiming to see whether results of meta-analyses published through the Cochrane Collaboration differed systematically from reviews on the same topic, but published outside of the Cochrane Collaboration; and an analysis around transparency in the disclosure of the results of completed clinical trials.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

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