Christopher Gill
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Christopher J. Gill, MD

Associate Professor, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health

cgill@bu.edu

Biography

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.

Other Positions

  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University

Education

  • University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD Field of Study: Medicine
  • Tufts University, MS Field of Study: Clinical Evaluation/Research
  • Tufts University, BS Field of Study: Biology

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH801

Publications

  • Published on 4/1/2022

    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 Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Pregnant Women Starting Combination Antiretroviral Therapy After Conception. J Infect Dis. 2022 Apr 01; 225(7):1162-1167. PMID: 33780543.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 2/1/2022

    Gill CJ, Mwananyanda L, MacLeod WB, Kwenda G, Pieciak R, Mupila Z, Murphy C, Chikoti C, Forman L, Berklein F, Lapidot R, Chimoga C, Ngoma B, Larson A, Lungu J, Nakazwe R, Nzara D, Pemba L, Yankonde B, Chirwa A, Mwale M, Thea DM. Infant deaths from respiratory syncytial virus in Lusaka, Zambia from the ZPRIME study: a 3-year, systematic, post-mortem surveillance project. Lancet Glob Health. 2022 02; 10(2):e269-e277. PMID: 35063114.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 12/25/2021

    Osei-Poku GK, Thomas S, Mwananyanda L, Lapidot R, Elliott PA, Macleod WB, Somwe SW, Gill CJ. A systematic review of the burden and risk factors of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in Africa. J Glob Health. 2021; 11:04075. PMID: 35003713.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 12/25/2021

    Osei-Poku GK, Thomas S, Mwananyanda L, Lapidot R, Elliott PA, MacLeod W, Somwe Wa Somwe, Gill CJ. Original publication. Assessing the burden and risk factors of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related infant deaths in Africa: a systematic review. 2021; 11.

  • Published on 12/15/2021

    Mudenda V, Mumba C, Pieciak RC, Mwananyanda L, Chimoga C, Ngoma B, Mupila Z, Kwenda G, Forman L, Lapidot R, MacLeod WB, Thea DM, Gill CJ. Histopathological Evaluation of Deceased Persons in Lusaka, Zambia With or Without Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infection: Results Obtained From Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 12 15; 73(Suppl_5):S465-S471. PMID: 34910177.

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  • Published on 9/2/2021

    Forman LS, Macleod W, Mwananyanda L, Kwenda G, Pieciak R, Mupila Z, Murphy C, Thea D, Chikoti C, Yankonde B, Ngoma B, Chimoga C, Gill CJ. Association of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection and Underlying Risk Factors for Death Among Young Infants Who Died at University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka Zambia. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 09 02; 73(Suppl_3):S180-S186. PMID: 34472569.

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  • Published on 9/2/2021

    Murphy C, MacLeod WB, Forman LS, Mwananyanda L, Kwenda G, Pieciak RC, Mupila Z, Thea D, Chikoti C, Yankonde B, Ngoma B, Chimoga C, Gill CJ. Risk Factors for Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Associated Community Deaths in Zambian Infants. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 09 02; 73(Suppl_3):S187-S192. PMID: 34472570.

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  • Published on 9/2/2021

    Caballero MT, Satav A, Gill CJ, Omer SB, Pieciak RC, Kazi AM, Simões EA, Polack FP. Challenges of Assessing Community Mortality Due to Respiratory Viruses in Children Aged Less Than 5 Years. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 09 02; 73(Suppl_3):S248-S254. PMID: 34472573.

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  • Published on 9/2/2021

    Mazur NI, Löwensteyn YN, Willemsen JE, Gill CJ, Forman L, Mwananyanda LM, Blau DM, Breiman RF, Madhi SA, Mahtab S, Gurley ES, El Arifeen S, Assefa N, Scott JAG, Onyango D, Tippet Barr BA, Kotloff KL, Sow SO, Mandomando I, Ogbuanu I, Jambai A, Bassat Q, Caballero MT, Polack FP, Omer S, Kazi AM, Simões EAF, Satav A, Bont LJ. Global Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Related Infant Community Deaths. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 09 02; 73(Suppl_3):S229-S237. PMID: 34472576.

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  • Published on 7/1/2021

    Gill CJ. Latest data from Lusaka morgue analysis shows spike in COVID-19 deaths. The Conversation. 2021.

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