About Sharon

Sharon Hutchinson is a Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health at Glasgow Caledonian University. She leads a broad translational research programme on the epidemiology of viral hepatitis, authoring over 160 publications. Her research included the development of models to estimate the impact of antiviral therapy on the future burden of hepatitis C related liver disease in Scotland, which provided the key evidence to guide a public health response and culminated in Scottish Government investing significantly in their globally recognised Action Plan on Hepatitis C. During the implementation and evaluation phases of Scotland’s Plan, she chaired the National Network on Information Generating Initiatives. Beyond Scotland, she has reviewed the evidence for and advised on the development of European guidance on the prevention of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs, and WHO guidance for the screening, care and treatment of HCV. She was a member of the organising committee for the inaugural World Hepatitis Summit, hosted in Glasgow during 2015.

This speaker will be presenting at the following session(s)

  • Strategic direction 1: strategic information for focused action

    Golden Hall

    Day: 1 November

    Time: 13:30

    The Summit’s agenda takes the Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis (GHSS) - and its 5 strategic directions - as its framework. In this plenary session, strategic direction 1 looks at advocacy, political commitment and national planning.

    Chairs: Dr. Leolin Katsidzira, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences and Tatjana Reic, European Liver Patients’ Association


    • Global viral hepatitis situation and response.

      Dr. Marc Bulterys, World Health Organization

    • WHO country profiles report.

      Prof. Sharon Hutchinson, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    • The power of people: integrating civil society in the global hepatitis response.

      Charles Gore, World Hepatitis Alliance

    • The role of liver societies in the global viral hepatitis response.

      Anna Lok, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

    • Country level experience of using strategic information to inform their national hepatitis response. 
      Zimbabwe - Rapid assessments: Dr. Leolin Katsidzira, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences
      Vietnam - Hepatitis surveillance: Dr. Tran Dai Quang, Ministry of Health, Viet Nam
    • Q&A session.

    Session objectives:

    To highlight

    • The role and importance of strategic information in planning and monitoring national responses.

    • The priority actions for countries and role of WHO in supporting countries.

    • The latest data on the global viral hepatitis situation and response.

    • Progress made in integrating civil society in the global viral hepatitis response and on global awareness activities.

    • Country examples demonstrating the important role of strategic information for focused action.