The 2016 awards went to Sanne Jespersen, Robert P. Ryan and Timothy M. Walker for their outstanding scientific achievements.
Timothy M. Walker (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Dr Timothy Walker first studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford before taking the unusual step of retraining in clinical medicine. After qualifying from London he obtained a specialist training position in microbiology and infectious diseases in Oxford where he subsequently took time out to pursue a DPhil within the Modernising Medical Microbiology (MMM) research group as a Medical Research Council training fellow. His current position is as an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer at the University of Oxford where he divides his time between clinical training and further pursuing his research interests within MMM alongside a large multi-disciplinary network of investigators.
His research focuses on how whole-genome sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis can better guide public health investigations into tuberculosis outbreaks, and how genomic mutations can predict phenotypic drug susceptibility. The work has influenced the government’s decision to invest in routine whole-genome sequencing for mycobacterial infections in England from 2016 onwards.
Timothy will receive his award during the ESCMID Young Investigator Awards Session at ECCMID on 11 April 2016 from 14.30 – 15.30 in Hall K. During the session, he will give his presentation: ‘How can whole-genome sequencing help eradicate tuberculosis?’