Infectious disease researcher to become Director of Wellcome Trust

The Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust has announced the appointment  of Professor Jeremy Farrar as the Trust’s new Director. Professor Farrar is an outstanding clinical scientist who has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading figures in the field of infectious disease. He will join the Wellcome Trust on 1 October, succeeding Sir Mark Walport, who stepped down at the end of March to become the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser. Dr Ted Bianco, the Trust’s Director of Technology Transfer, will continue to serve as Acting Director until then.

Sir William Castell, Chairman of the Wellcome Trust, said: “Jeremy is one of the foremost scientists of his generation, whose work – much of it funded by the Trust – has contributed to better understanding, surveillance, prevention and treatment of diseases including emerging infections, influenza, tuberculosis, typhoid and dengue.

Professor Farrar said: “The Wellcome Trust is one of the world’s outstanding philanthropic institutions and one of the UK’s most remarkable national assets. It will be a privilege to lead an organisation that has contributed so much to science, medicine and society, from the sequencing of the human genome, to the development of today’s front-line treatments for malaria and a commitment to public engagement with science that is unparalleled. I am honoured to be given the challenge of helping its talented staff and scientists to deliver further extraordinary advances in health.”