Sir Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust, will deliver the annual David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture at NIH on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Recently named the U.K.’s next chief science adviser, Walport has titled his talk “Global Health: From John Snow to Genome Science.”
The Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health, is a partner in NIH’s H3Africa initiative, intended to develop genomics capacity across Africa.
Before joining the trust, Walport was professor of medicine and head of the division of medicine at Imperial College London. He has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology since 2004. He is also a member of the India U.K. CEO Forum, the U.K. India Round Table and the advisory board of Infrastructure U.K. and a non-executive member of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research.
He has undertaken independent reviews for the U.K. government on the use and sharing of personal information in the public and private sectors. He received a knighthood in 2009 for services to medical research and was elected as fellow of the Royal Society in 2011. He will become U.K. chief scientific adviser on Apr. 1, 2013.
The annual David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture is sponsored by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Fogarty International Center. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins will give introductory remarks. The lecture will be videocast. For more information, visit http://1.usa.gov/Zoj8KA.