Professor White graduated from Guy’s Hospital Medical School in London and training in internal medicine in several London teaching hospitals and the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. In 1980 he went to Thailand to join a research collaboration between the Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University and the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford. In 1986, he took over as director of this unit and later opened sister units in Vietnam (1991) and Laos (1999). These units are at the forefront of clinicial research on malaria, meliodosis, typhoid, tetanus, dengue, central nervous system infections, rickettsial diseases, and avian influenza.
John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award
For his definitive clinical studies on the effectiveness of artemesinins in the treatment of malaria and elucidating the basis for the use of ACT to prevent resistance.
Director, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Bangkok, Thailand