Date: 10 June 2019
Dr Louise Wood, Director of Science, Research and Evidence at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to health research.
Since April 2016, Dr Wood has led the NIHR with Prof Chris Whitty, DHSC's Chief Scientific Adviser. She also has responsibility for science policy and research to inform policy.
Dr Wood has been involved with NIHR from its inception. When she joined DHSC in 2005, she worked with Prof Dame Sally Davies and Dr Russell Hamilton on the Best Research for Best Health strategy which underpinned its creation. She spent her early career working at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
Dr Wood is a Council member for the Medical Research Council and an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine. She recently spent a year on secondment at the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) as its Director of Policy and Public Affairs.
Dr Wood said: "It has been a privilege to have contributed to NIHR since its creation. I'm honoured to be receiving this CBE and delighted about the recognition it signals for the positive impact NIHR is having on the health and care system and the lives of patients and the public."
Prof Whitty said: “Louise was one of the architects of the NIHR and co-leads it today. It is fantastic news that her work to improve the health and wealth of the nation through NIHR has been recognised in this way, along with her previous roles, which have emphasised the importance of patients and public in research.”
Aisling Burnand MBE, CEO of the AMRC, said: “Over the last couple of decades, Louise has championed health research like no one else, going way beyond the norm. She works tirelessly to foster a patient centred and inclusive approach making all stakeholders feel valued - this takes real leadership. She is an inspiration and a wonderful person and I’m truly delighted she has been recognised today.”
A number of other NIHR leaders have also been recognised in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours. They include:
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