We are delighted to announce that Professor Martin White has been appointed as Programme Director of the NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme. The appointment is made in succession to Professor Catherine Law, whose term of office is due to come to an end in 2014.
The NIHR Public Health Research Programme was established in 2008 and, under the expert leadership of Professor Law, has become a key component of the NIHR, complementing other NIHR programmes and initiatives and the NIHR SPHR.
Martin White is Professor of Public Health in the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University and Honorary Consultant in Public Health with Public Health England. In addition to leading Fuse’s membership of the NIHR SPHR, his many roles include co-investigator in the Department of Health’s national Public Health Research Consortium (PHRC) and Director of Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence. He is a member of the MRC’s Population Health Sciences Research Network Board and has recently joined the MRC’s Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND) research funding panel. From 2012-13 he was President of the UK Society for Social Medicine. His research focuses on the development and evaluation of public health interventions and understanding and tackling inequalities in health. He has a particular interest in the prevention of chronic non-communicable diseases.
Speaking about his appointment, he said “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed to lead the NIHR Public Health Research Programme over the next five years. The programme has become central to the public health landscape in the UK and has contributed to a major expansion of evaluation research. I look forward to building on Catherine Law’s outstanding achievements in the next phase of the programme’s development”.
Professor Frank Kee has been appointed as the Programme Chair. Professor Kee is Director of the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health Research Northern Ireland and Deputy Director for the Centre for Public Health in Queens University.
Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally C Davies FRS FMedSci, welcomed the appointments;
“I would like to express my thanks to Catherine Law for her superb leadership over the first six years of the NIHR Public Health Programme. I am confident that Professors White and Kee are the perfect people to build on her work and ensure that the programme continues to fund high quality scientific research to support public health decision-makers.”
Professors White and Kee have been members of the NIHR Public Health Research Programme’s Funding Board since the start and so their appointments offer a seamless succession from Professor Law. They take up their posts formally in October 2014.