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Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation - Call 2 Funding Committee



NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) convenes independent committees to assess applications for funding.


Professor Tom Solomon is the Chair of RIGHT Funding Committee Call 2.

Deputy Chair





Professor Kalipso Chalkidou

Professor of Practice in Global Health; Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development 

Imperial College London, UK

Professor Chalkidou has been involved in the Chinese rural health reforms and in national health reform projects in Colombia, Turkey and the Middle East, working with the World Bank, PAHO, DFID and the Inter-American Development Bank as well as national governments. Her work concentrates on helping governments build technical and institutional capacity for using evidence to inform health policy as they move towards Universal Healthcare Coverage.

Funding Committee





Professor Pamela Abbott

Director of the Centre for Global Development

University of Aberdeen, UK

Professor Abbott has experience in development studies, community health, mixed methods research, gender, wellbeing and quality of life. Her research interests are in gender, quality of life and social, economic and political transformations. 

Dr Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo 

Founder Director and Technical Adviser

African Institute for Health and Development, Kenya

Dr Amuyunzu-Nyamongo holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and is currently the Executive Director and co-founder of the AIHD in Kenya that conducts research, training and advocacy on health and development issues.  Her areas of work include HIV/AIDS, gender, youth, mothers and children under five, rural and urban poverty, and health promotion in general.

Professor Marcello Barcinski

Emeritus Professor 

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professor Barcinski is an MD and PhD with post-medical and post-doctoral training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY, and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, US.  His areas of expertise include Immunology, Research Administration and Parasitology.

Professor Prabha Chandra

Head of Psychiatry at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) Bangalore, India

Dr Chandra is a Professor and Head of Psychiatry at NIMHANS. Her main areas of interest are Women's Mental Health, Perinatal Psychiatry, teaching methods, ethics and palliative care.  She has started the first dedicated psychiatry service including a Mother Baby unit in South Asia for mothers with severe mental illness.

Professor Janaka de Silva

Professor of Medicine

University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Professor de Silva is an academic Physician at the University of Kelaniya, Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine at the University of Colombo and Chairman of the National Research Council of Sri Lanka. His area of specialism is in epidemiology, gastroenterology, and general medicine.

Professor Elizabeth (Liz) Grant

Director of the Global Health Academy and Assistant Principal Global Health

University of Edinburgh, UK

Professor Grant, as Director of the Global Health Academy, is responsible for overseeing the numerous global health initiatives across the University. Her research interests include palliative care, health systems strengthening, healthcare workforce capacity development in low income countries and HIV care and rehabilitation. She is on the Editorial Council of the Journal for Global Health. She worked for the Scottish Government as the Senior Health Advisor for the International Development Team and as a specialist in International Global Public Health for NHS Lothian Public Health Directorate.  

Professor Oye Gureje

Professor of Psychiatry and Director WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, Neurosciences and Substance Abuse

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Professor Gureje is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director at the University of Ibadan  with over two decades of leadership roles in global mental health research. He has a key role in mental health policy development in Nigeria as the Chair of the Federal Ministry of Health’s Mental Health Action Committee.

Professor Li Yang Hsu

Associate Professor 

National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

Professor Yang is the Head of Infectious Diseases Programme at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and Adjunct Associate Professor at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He is a Senior Consultant and Head, Department of Infectious Diseases, Tan Tock Seng Hospital. His main research areas include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Genomics and Epidemiology, and Bacterial antibiotic resistance: Epidemiology, Mechanisms, and Intervention.

Professor Eugene Kinyanda

Head of the mental health project 

MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit, Uganda

Professor Kinyanda is a Senior Investigator Scientist specialising in mental health. He is head of the mental health project at the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS. His areas of research include psychiatric and psychosocial implications of HIV/AIDS, war affected populations and the epidemiology of common mental disorders. He holds an Honorary Professor position at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Professor Moffat Nyirenda

Professor of Medicine (Global Non-Communicable Diseases) 

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Professor Nyirenda is a Diabetologist/ Endocrinologist.  He leads the NCD Phenotype Programme at the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit. His research interests lie in mechanistic understanding of the aetiology of chronic non-communicable diseases. He has particular interest in research capacity building in Africa, and was Director of the Southern Africa Consortium for Research Excellence, funded through the Wellcome Trust’s African Institutions Initiative.

Dr Graciela Rojas

Professor of Psychiatry

University of Chile, Chile

Dr Rojas is a clinician specialist in Psychiatry and mental health.  Throughout her career she has studied extensively on the mental health of the Chilean population, particularly women and users of primary care clinics. She is part of the Academic Commission of Doctorates in Public Health and Medical Sciences.

Professor Daniel Smith

Professor of Psychiatry; Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist

University of Glasgow, UK

Professor Smith’s  is Professor of Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist. His areas of research include the genetic epidemiology of depression, bipolar disorder and related traits, data science approaches to stratified medicine for mental health, sleep and circadian function in mood disorders, the interface between major mental illness and cardiovascular disease.  He is also a Medical Advisor to Scotland’s largest support organisation for bipolar disorder, Bipolar Scotland.

Public Reviewers

Mrs Una Rennard

Public Member



Mr David Chandler

Public Member