Dr Louise Wood, Director of Science, Research and Evidence at the Department of Health and Social Care

Dr Louise Wood - Director of Science, Research and Evidence at the Department of Health

Louise is accountable to the Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (Professor Chris Whitty) for policy and NIHR’s budget  to ensure it delivers ground-breaking research to improve patient care and population health, and cements the UK’s reputation as a leading international centre for healthcare research and science. As the Department of Health and Social Care's Director of Science, Research and Evidence, she also has responsibility for science policy and research to support evidence-based policy making.

She previously held a variety of posts in the Department’s Science, Research and Evidence Directorate and at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, where she served on the Agency’s Board as founding Director for the General Practice Research Database, forerunner to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. She recently spent a year on secondment as Director of Policy and Public Affairs at  the Association of Medical Research Charities.

Louise has an honours degree in physiology from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in biomedical science from the University of London.