Melanie Newport is Professor in Infectious Diseases and Global Health at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She graduated with distinction from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, and trained in clinical infectious diseases in the UK and The Gambia. She has been a consultant physician since 2003. Melanie joined Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) in 2004, just after it opened.
She has led the strategic development of Global Health, a core BSMS theme. This includes the establishment of the Clinical Elective module, the Global Health MSc course and a vibrant research programme that has an international reputation for taking a multidisciplinary approach to tackle conditions that disproportionately affect poor and vulnerable communities living in low-income countries.
Melanie has been a trustee of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and was the founding Executive Secretary and then interim President of the African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG), a partner in the Wellcome Trust/NIH funded H3 Africa Initiative. She chairs the Brighton Lusaka Health Link, a partnership linking the medical and nursing schools and the university teaching hospitals in Lusaka, Zambia and Brighton, that empowers health care professionals to share skills and knowledge with an overall goal of improving health in Zambia.