Dr. Mark Walport, Director of the WellcomeTrust, has enjoyed a varied career in the medical sciences. The Wellcome Trust is one of the world's largest biomedical research charities, spending £400 million a year in fostering and promoting research to improve human and animal health.
An expert in immunology and genetics of rheumatic diseases, Dr. Walport led a research team at Imperial College London as Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine before he took up the leadership of the Wellcome Trust.
Dr. Walport is a founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was awarded the Roche Rheumatology Prize in 1991 and the Graham Bull Prize for Clinical Science (Royal College of Physicians) in 1996. He was appointed a member of the Council for Science and Technology in 2004.