Piero Olliaro appointed to Oxford visiting professorship

TDR news item
1 May 2014

TDR’s leader of intervention and implementation research has been named the Newton Abraham Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, England. He will be based at the Centre for Tropical Medicine, within the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, and be a fellow of Lincoln College, for one year beginning 1 June.

The Newton Abraham Visiting Professorship is given to distinguished researchers working in the medial, biological or chemical sciences. Since its inception in 1980, it has been given to 34 scientists, including four Nobel prize winners (Konrad Bloch, 1964 Nobel laureate in Medicine; James Watson, 1962 in Medicine; Jean-Marie Lehn, 1987 in Chemistry; and Richard Schrock, 2005 in Chemistry). Piero Olliaro will be the first tropical medicine specialist to have been granted this professorship.

“I am thrilled to have been selected for this,” says Olliaro. “This is an incredible opportunity that gives me focused time to work on research questions that are important at TDR, and to involve an even broader audience of world class scientists.”

TDR Director John Reeder adds, “This year at Oxford will provide more visibility to the research needed for infectious diseases of poverty, and we’re looking forward to the new ideas and approaches that Piero will bring back to TDR.” Olliaro will continue to lead the strategy development of intervention and implementation research at TDR during his professorship.

Olliaro will take advantage of the range of multi-disciplinary expertise available at the University of Oxford, and the Oxford Wellcome Trust Tropical Network. He will specifically concentrate on questions related to critical gaps hindering the achievement of control objectives for infectious diseases of poverty, such as improving the evidence-base for policy decisions through harmonising methodologies and optimizing information from existing data; and facilitating innovation to generate and access new tools.

For more information, contact:

Jamie Guth
TDR Communications Manager
Tel. mobile: +41 79 441 2289
Email: guthj@who.int