Population and Public Health Early-Career Advisory Group

This advisory group shortlists candidates for Wellcome Early-Career 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 Claire Steves (Chair)

King's College London

Dr Melanie Abas

King's College London

Professor Alash'le Abimiku

University of Maryland, USA

Professor Peymane Adab

University of Birmingham

Dr Ambrose Agweyu

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya

Professor Olakunle Alonge

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Dr Thomas Churcher

Imperial College London

Dr Aiden Doherty

University of Oxford

Professor Ruth Dundas

University of Glasgow

Dr Rodrigo Moreno-Serra

University of York

Professor Joseph Murray

Universidade Federal De Pelotas, Brazil

Professor Pablo Perel

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Dr Sandra Telfer

University of Aberdeen

Professor Nyovani Madise

African Institute for Development Policy

Dr Roseline Remans

Ghent University, Belgium


Megan Zelenka

Funding Manager

Wellcome Trust