Professor Mark Taylor wins Hemingway Award

News article 28 Sep 2023

Professor Mark Taylor is the winner of this year’s Hemingway Award.

The Hemingway Award is a joint award between the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. It is given out once every two years to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of tropical medicine and hygiene by RSTMH Members and fellows and students, alumni, staff members of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Professor Mark Taylor is Director of the A-WOL consortium and Director of the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases at LSTM. He is a former Head of the Tropical Disease Biology Department and a former President of the British Society for Parasitology, from which he was awarded the BSP Wright Medal in 2012.

On his win, Professor Mark Taylor said: “I am honoured to be awarded the prestigious Hemingway Award from the RSTMH and LSTM. Translational research is important and a key focus of LSTM’s research portfolio and my success has been enabled through the vision of Professor Janet Hemingway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, G-HIT and MRC with mentorship from Professor Steve Ward. I take great pride in exploiting the discovery of the essential bacterial symbiont, Wolbachia, in partnership with a the A-WOL consortium of academics and pharma industry, as a target for safe curative therapy for both onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis.”

Nominating him, Professor Steve Ward, Deputy Director of LSTM, said: “The Hemingway Award tries to recognise three qualities in a scientist. One – obviously is the excellence of the science itself, but I think in terms of this award, the ability to translate that science into impact in terms of global health outcomes is a key criteria. And also, the individual needs to demonstrate the leadership and vision to deliver that translation agenda. It is against those criteria that I recommended Professor Mark Taylor for this prestigious award.”

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