Professor Francis' research focuses on helping patients and healthcare professionals prevent and manage infections in order to improve outcomes and reduce antimicrobial resistance.
Professor Francis leads research that focuses on the management of respiratory, urinary and skin problems in a primary care setting, with a particular focus on the prevention, diagnosis and management of infections and antimicrobial stewardship. Key area of interest include: COPD, asthma, skin infections and acne.
He brings extensive experience and expertise in leading clinical research including randomised controlled trials, observational studies, developing complex interventions, and epidemiological studies using large routine healthcare datasets.
He has helped to secure grant and infrastructure funding worth more than £46M, has published widely in high-impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and British Medical Journal, and contributes to research leadership and impact through membership in national and international bodies such as the National Institute for Health Research (funding panel member), European Centre for Disease Control (Technical Advisory Committee), Department of Health (antimicrobial resistance working group), Public Health England (antimicrobial stewardship), Royal College of General Practitioners (Research Paper of the Year Panel Chair), Society for Academic Primary Care (Heads of Department Secretary).
- Infections in primary care
- Antimicrobial stewardship
- Respiratory infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Skin and soft tissue infections
Current PhD Students
External roles and responsibilities
- Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year 2018 (2019)
- Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year 2019 (2020)