Population and Public Health Discovery Advisory Group

This advisory group shortlists candidates for Wellcome Career Development Awards and Wellcome Discovery Awards.

Its remit covers applications that aim to understand the causes and consequences of health, wellbeing and disease in individuals and populations. It includes a range of disciplines such as (but not limited to) epidemiology, social science, health economics and data science, and includes all study designs (observational sciences, trials or intervention designs), including interventions, if the main purpose is discovery research. 

Examples include:

  • understanding health and disease, their determinants, distribution and burden, where this brings new transformative knowledge in a specific context; it includes approaches such as surveillance, design and analytical methods development
  • research to understand the biological, behavioural, socioeconomic, physical and ecological causes of health and disease including underlying mechanisms
  • methodological developments in public and population health, including study design, data collection and linkages, statistical methods and conceptual frameworks
  • research to inform health systems and health policy. 


Members are listed below. Additional experts will join the panel as necessary.

Dr Tamsen Rochat (Chair)

University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Professor Linda Adair

University of North Carolina, USA

Dr Katherine Atkins

University of Edinburgh

Dr Simon Cauchemez

Institut Pasteur, France

Professor Zhengming Chen

University of Oxford

Professor Nicole De Wet-Billings

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Dr Kebede Deribe

University of Sussex

Professor Rosemary Green

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Dr Mark Jordans

King's College London

Professor Gilberto Kac

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professor Victor Mwapasa

University of Malawi, Malawi

Professor Kate Pickett

University of York

Professor Maryam Shahmanesh

University College London

Professor Laura Shallcross

University College London


Rebecca Grayson

Funding Manager

Wellcome Trust