Chris Butler is a Professorial Fellow at Trinity College, Oxford, and a Professor of Primary Care at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford and Professor of Primary Care Medicine at Cardiff University, Wales. His main research interests are in common infections (especially the appropriate use of antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance), and health behaviour change (especially motivational interviewing in health care). He has helped lead 14 large clinical trials in primary care.
After his BA at Rhodes University, Chris trained in medicine at the University of Cape Town, and then did hospital work in Cape Town and at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane. He did doctoral work at the University of Wales College of Medicine, and studied Clinical Epidemiology at The University of Toronto. He was appointed as a lecturer then senior lecturer at the University of Wales College of Medicine and then Associate Professor at McMaster in Canada. He returned to the UK where he was Director of the Cochrane Institute of Primary Care and Public Health at Cardiff University for about ten years.
Chris is an inaugural National Institute of Health and Social Care Research Senior Faculty member, served as a Research Excellence Framework Panel Member, serves on the Medical Research Council Efficacy and Mechanisms Evaluation Board, and holds honorary Professorships at McMaster University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has published nearly 200 indexed research papers, and has helped win over £140M in research and research infrastructure funding. He has remained clinically active and practices as a GP in Mountain Ash in South Wales.
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