Tim Peto

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Tim Peto
Born (1950-03-10) 10 March 1950 (age 72)[ citation needed ]
London[ citation needed ]
Nationality United Kingdom
Alma mater Brasenose College, Oxford
Scientific career
Fields Infectious disease
Institutions University of Oxford John Radcliffe Hospital

Timothy Edward Alexander Peto is a professor of medicine at the University of Oxford. He is the co-leader for the Infection Theme of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, [1] and a National Institute for Health and Care Research Senior Investigator. [2]

Peto's research has included combination therapy for AIDS, [3] the search for an effective AIDS vaccine, [4] the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in hospitals, [5] and transmission mechanisms for Clostridium difficile infections. [6]

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  1. "Prof Tim Peto". www.ndm.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  2. Senior Investigator Profile, NIHR Senior Investigators Directory, retrieved 2012-04-11.
  3. "Study finds "cocktail" helps AIDS patients", Deseret News , Reuters, 26 September 1995.
  4. "Researchers optimistic of finding effective AIDS vaccine", New Straits Times , 29 November 1997.
  5. "MRSA 'brought back' into hospital", BBC News , 9 September 2005.
  6. Findings spark rethink over fighting ward bug, WalesOnline, 8 February 2012.