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Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation - Call 3 Funding Committee


Published: 10 February 2020

Version: 1.0 - February 2020

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


Dr Marie-Paule Kieny is the Chair of RIGHT Funding Committee Call 3.

Deputy Chair





Professor Jo Wilmshurst

Head of Paediatric Neurology

Red Cross Children's Memorial Hospital, University of Cape Town, South Africa

 Professor Wilmshurst is a member of the executive board of the Paediatric Neurology and Development Association of Southern Africa (PANDA-SA) and the African Child Neurology Association (ACNA), as well as President of the International Child Neurology Association.
She is a member of the Commission on Pediatrics for the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), serving on various Task Forces related to advocacy research, neuropsychiatry, education and neonatal guidelines update. She is also Education officer for the Commission on African Affairs.
She is director of the African Paediatric Fellowship Program - a training program under the auspices of the University of Cape which aims at developing skills in paediatric disciplines of doctors from across Africa.

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. 

Professor Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo

Founding Director; Technical Consultant

African Institute for Health and Development, Kenya 

Professor Amuyunzu-Nyamongo is the Founding Director and Technical Adviser to the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD), based in Nairobi, Kenya. She provides consultancy services for institutions such as the World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, and the Government of Kenya. 

Professor Marcello André 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 John Bartlett

Co-Director for the Centre for AIDS Research; Professor of Medicine and Global Health 

Duke Global Health Institute, USA

Professor Bartlett holds a position at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (Tanzania). He is the Associate Director for Research of the Duke Global Health Institute, Co-Director of the Duke University Center for AIDS Research, a Senior Fellow within the Duke University Health Inequalities Program, and co-chairs the Duke University Africa Initiative. 

Professor Prabha Chandra

Head of Psychiatry

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), 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 Anthony Costello

Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development; Paediatrician

University College London, UK

Professor Costello’s areas of scientific expertise include the evaluation of cost-effective interventions to reduce maternal and newborn deaths, women’s groups, strategies to tackle malnutrition, international aid and the health effects of climate change. He has extensive experience in running clinical trials in Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Malawi, including large community trials of participatory learning and action using women’s groups. 

Professor Luis Cuevas

Head of Tropical Clinical Trials Unit 

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

Professor Cuevas trained in Paediatrics, Epidemiology and Tropical Medicine. He has collaborations and studies in a number of countries; currently including Nigeria, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. He holds an appointment as Visiting Professor at the University of Sergipe, Brazil and is interim Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences. 

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 Catherine Harmer

 Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience; Research Fellow

University of Oxford, UK

Professor Harmer is the director of the Psychopharmacology and Emotional Research Lab (PERL) based at the University Department of Psychiatry in Oxford. She has been elected positions on ECNP executive Committee (2016- ), BAP council
(2007-2014), Wellcome Trust Expert Review Group (mental health and neuroscience), and an Editorial board member of Biological Psychiatry.

Professor Simon Heller

Professor of Clinical Diabetes

University of Sheffield, UK

Professor Heller is Professor of Clinical Diabetes at the University of Sheffield, Director of Research and Development and Honorary Consultant Physician at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. 

Professor Li Yang Hsu

Head of Infectious Diseases Programmes

NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, Singapore 

Professor Hsu is the Head of Infectious Diseases Programme at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Senior Consultant and Head at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He has also served as a technical advisor on surveillance of antimicrobial resistance to the western pacific regional office of the WHO.  

Professor Joe (Joseph) Jarvis

NIHR Global Health Research Professor

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK/Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, Botswana

Professor Jarvis is an NIHR Global Health Research Professor, currently based full time in Gaborone, Botswana. In addition to his research work, he is active as an infectious diseases consultant in Botswana and at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London.

Professor Saidi Kapiga 

Professor of Epidemiology and International Health

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK/Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit, Tanzania

Professor Kapiga is the current Scientific Director of the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU). He is also a co-investigator in NIH-funded studies conducted in Mwanza city, including a clinical trial to assess the impact of a social-worker intervention on reducing post-hospital mortality among HIV patient; and observational studies to determine the incidence and determinants of hypertension among HIV-infected and uninfected adults, and the incidence of pre-hypertention in a cohort of secondary school students.

Professor Kath (Kathryn) Maitland 

Professor of Tropical Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Imperial College London, UK

 Professor Maitland is a professor of Paediatric Tropical Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine and Director of the ICCARE Centre at the Institute for Global Health Innovation, Imperial College, London and an Honorary Fellow at MRC Clinical Trials Unit, University College, London.

Professor David Bruce Matchar

Director of the Center for Clinical Health Policy Research; Professor of Medicine

Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

Professor Matchar, MD, is the Inaugural Director of the Programme in Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR) (2008-2018). He is also Professor of Medicine at Duke University in the United States.

Professor Sassy (Catherine) Molyneux

Professor of Global Health, Social and Behaviour Research

University of Oxford, UK/Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya

Professor Molyneux is an Associate Professor employed by Oxford University, UK, based at the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya.  She is a behavioural scientist, with a background in human geography. 

Professor Elias Mossialos

Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy

London School of Economics and Political Science

Elias Mossialos is Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy, Head of Department of Health Policy and Director of LSE Health. Professor Mossialos founded LSE Health in 1996.

Professor Noeline Nakasujja

Chair of the Department of Psychiatry; Associate Professor 

Makerere University, Uganda

Professor Nakasujja is an Associate Professor and is the Chair for the Department of Psychiatry where she serves as a Senior Lecturer at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. Her research interests include geriatric psychiatry and cognitive impairment in HIV/AIDS. She is a research lead for the DIALOG+intervention at the NIHR Global Health Research Group on developing psycho-social interventions

Dr Rahul Shidhaye 

Research Scientist; Adjunct Assitant Professor

Public Health Foundation of India 

Dr Rahul Shidhaye is a Clinical Psychiatrist, having a keen interest in the field of public mental health and implementation science. His research work is mainly in the areas of social determinants of mental health, integration of mental health in primary care and mental health systems strengthening.

Professor Janaka de Silva

Professor of Medicine

University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Janaka de Silva is Professor of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, and Consultant Physician, Colombo North Teaching Hospital. He is currently also Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, and Chairman of the National Research Council of Sri Lanka. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians London, Ceylon College of Physicians, and National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal College of Physicians of Thailand and College of General Practioners of Sri Lanka. 

Professor Rainford Wilks

Emeritus Professor

University of West Indies, Jamaica

Professor Wilks is a Professor of Epidemiology, an Epidemiologist, and a Consultant Physician in the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), the Department of Medicine of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). He is also Director of the UWI Clinical Epidemiology Unit (CEU) of the CanUSACLEN branch of the International Clinical Epidemiology Unit (INCLEN).

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