Professor Sir Nicholas White, OBE, Professor of Tropical Medicine at Oxford and Mahidol University, Thailand, Chairman of the Wellcome Trust's South East Asian Research Units, and member of the IDDO Board, was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to tropical medicine and global health as part of the UK's New Year's Honours 2017.
Prof Sir White played a key role in ensuring the global recommendation of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) as the most effective treatment for falciparum malaria. His research and advocacy work have transformed the treatment approaches used to prevent and cure millions of patients from malaria-endemic countries in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Prof Sir White continues to focus his efforts on drug resistance and the pathophysiology of severe malaria. He is currently championing the use of mass drug administration as a strategy towards malaria elimination and the use of multiple first line therapies. He advises on malaria treatment and case management, and advocates for the development of research laboratories, national staff capacity building and more effective public health surveillance in countries where malaria and drug resistance are already at alarming levels. Prof Sir White remains a member of the IDDO Board.