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.

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Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research



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


Project SEARCH (Scanning EARs for Child Health)
09/12/2018 - 08/31/2021 (PI)
NIH/Fogarty International Center
5R21TW010939-02

SAMIPS-NPC: Southern Africa Mother Infant Pertussis Study, Nasopharyngeal Carriage
09/25/2017 - 08/31/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
5R01AI133080-03

Mobile bedside ultrasound for the diagnosis of pediatric pneumonia in resource limited settings
07/27/2019 - 04/30/2021 (PI)
NIH/Fogarty International Center
3R21TW011343-02S1

The Zambia Pertussis/RSV Infant Mortality Estimation Study (Z-PRIME)
11/21/2016 - 12/31/2020 (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
5R21TW009911-02

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
5 K23 AI62208 04



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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2020 Mobile bedside ultrasound for the diagnosis of pediatric pneumonia in resource limited settings 5R21TW011343-02
2020 Mobile bedside ultrasound for the diagnosis of pediatric pneumonia in resource limited settings 3R21TW011343-02S1
2019 Mobile bedside ultrasound for the diagnosis of pediatric pneumonia in resource limited settings 1R21TW011343-01
2019 Project SEARCH (Scanning EARs for Child Health) 5R21TW010939-02
2019 SAMIPS-NPC: Southern Africa Mother Infant Pertussis Study, Nasopharyngeal Carriage 5R01AI133080-03
2018 Project SEARCH (Scanning EARs for Child Health) 1R21TW010939-01
2018 SAMIPS-NPC: Southern Africa Mother Infant Pertussis Study, Nasopharyngeal Carriage 5R01AI133080-02
2017 SAMIPS-NPC: Southern Africa Mother Infant Pertussis Study, Nasopharyngeal Carriage 1R01AI133080-01A1
2015 mCME Delivering continuing medical education to community health workers using cell phones 5R21TW009911-02 3
2015 mCME Delivering continuing medical education to community health workers using cell phones 3R21TW009911-02S1 3
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  1. Kaur P, West RL, Ivankovich MB, Gill CJ, Sabin L. Use of eHealth for HIV Medical Education: a Narrative Review. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2021 Jun; 18(3):247-260.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33817768
     
  2. Lohman-Payne B, Koster J, Gabriel B, Chilengi R, Forman LS, Heeren T, Duffy CR, Herlihy J, Crimaldi S, Gill C, Chavuma R, Mwananyanda L, Thea DM. Persistent Immune activation in HIV-Infected Pregnant Women Initiating cART Post Conception. J Infect Dis. 2021 Mar 29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33780543
     
  3. Camelo IY, Mwananyanda LM, Thea DM, Seidenberg P, Gill CJ, Weinstein JR. A Tale of 2 Pneumos: The Impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Exposure or Infection Status on Pediatric Nasopharyngeal Carriage of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Pneumocystis jiroveci: A Nested Case Control Analysis From the Pneumonia Etiology Research In Child Health Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 03 15; 72(6):1033-1041.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32342105
     
  4. Lapidot R, Larson Williams A, MacLeod WB, Mwale M, Olowojesiku R, Enslen A, Mwananyanda L, Munanjala G, Chimoga C, Ngoma B, Thea DL, Gill CJ. Verbal Autopsies for Out-of-Hospital Infant Deaths in Zambia. Pediatrics. 2021 Mar 04.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33664096
     
  5. Mwananyanda L, Gill CJ, MacLeod W, Kwenda G, Pieciak R, Mupila Z, Lapidot R, Mupeta F, Forman L, Ziko L, Etter L, Thea D. Covid-19 deaths in Africa: prospective systematic postmortem surveillance study. BMJ. 2021 02 17; 372:n334.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33597166
     
  6. Gunning CE, Mwananyanda L, MacLeod WB, Mwale M, Thea DM, Pieciak RC, Rohani P, Gill CJ. Implementation and adherence of routine pertussis vaccination (DTP) in a low-resource urban birth cohort. BMJ Open. 2020 12 31; 10(12):e041198.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33384391
     
  7. Gill CJ, Gunning CE, MacLeod W, Mwananyanda L, Thea D, Pieciak R, Kwenda G, Mupila Z, Rohani P. Asymptomatic Bordetella pertussis infections in young African infants and their mothers identified within a longitudinal cohort. medRxiv. 2020 Nov 19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33236026
     
  8. Etter LP, Simukanga A, Qin W, Pieciak R, Mwananyanda L, Betke M, Phiri J, Carbo C, Gill CJ. . Project SEARCH (Scanning EARs for Child Health): validating an ear biometric tool for patient identification in Zambia. 2020. View Publication
  9. Etter L, Simukanga A, Qin W, Pieciak R, Mwananyanda L, Betke M, Phiri J, Carbo C, Hamapa A, Gill C. Project SEARCH (Scanning EARs for Child Health): validating an ear biometric tool for patient identification in Zambia. Gates Open Res. 2020; 4:168.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33655198
     
  10. Beard J, Gill CJ. Looking for the Mothers: Grief Counselors in Zambia Trying to Connect with Bereaved Parents. 2020. View Publication
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Vaccines
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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