GDAR is funded through the NIHR Global Health Research initiative.

NIHR Global Health Research builds on existing expertise within the UK and the wider global health research community to commission and support internationally outstanding applied health research which addresses issues affecting the poorest and most vulnerable people in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) using Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding.

GDAR was successful in applying to the NIHR Financial Assurance Fund to support financial management capacity building with our LMIC partners and the convergence of financial standards. The funds will be used to leverage expertise and best practice across the GDAR Network as a whole, to strengthen the existing foundations for financial management and to enable knowledge exchange. This will include hosting a financial capacity building workshop in Cambridge during September 2019, which will be attended by Finance Officers from each of the Network partners.

GDAR Directorate and Network Steering Group

Prof Nick Wareham:Director of the MRC Epidemiology Unit and Director of the Global Diet and Activity Research (GDAR) Group and Network.

Dr Tolullah Oni, Clinical Senior Research Associate and Joint Lead for GDAR.

A full list of researchers and staff in the GDAR Group and Network can be found here.

The Network Steering Group consists of research leads and support staff from all members of the Network. It meets monthly by teleconference and periodically face to face.

International Strategic Advisory Group (ISAG)

The GDAR International Strategic Advisory Group advises the GDAR Director, Joint Lead and the Network Steering Group on GDAR scientific strategy, in the light of public health developments in relevant settings and potential added value from the diversity of settings, contexts and cultures.

The group meets at least annually and its members are available throughout the year to provide advice to GDAR members.

Specifically, its role is to:

  • Advise the GDAR Director on the development of the UK-based Group, and its co-development with CEDAR and the GDAR Network
  • Advise the GDAR Director, Joint Lead and Network Steering Group on:
    • The strategic direction of the GDAR Network
    • Capacity building for research and research translation in relevant LMIC settings
    • Communications, dissemination and impact strategy and activities
    • Potential synergies and added value from research in diverse settings, cultures and context
  • Contribute to providing expertise and a network of contacts to facilitate dialogue on policy issues and research translation

ISAG Membership

  • Dr Paul Cosford (chair). Director for Health Protection and Medical Director, Public Health England.
  • Prof Aliko Ahmed. Director of Public Health England for East of England. Public health physician, epidemiologist and health strategist with over 24 years’ experience in clinical, academic and public health practice across low and high income countries. Member of the global health committees of the Faculty of Public Health and PHE, chair of the Public Health Africa Initiative, and the co-convener of the Better Health for Africa Initiative.
  • Jennifer Bostock. ISAG Lay Member
  • Prof Fiona Bull. Prevention of Non Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland. Research interests on physical activity, impact of built environment on health, extensive research across both developed and developing countries, global policy and action on physical activity.
  • Prof Fitzroy Henry. Prof of Public Health Nutrition, University of Technology, Jamaica. Former Director of the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute; Chair of the Jamaican government’s committee on food security; has also held positions in Nigeria and Bangladesh.
  • Dr Tony Jewell. Formerly Chief Medical Officer for Wales (2006-2012).
  • Prof Mike Kelly. Honorary Senior Fellow, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cambridge. Former Director Public Health Centre, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
  • Dr Jenny Mbaye. Lecturer in Culture and Creative Industries, City University, London, UK. Doctorate in Human Geography examining cultural entrepreneurship in West Africa. Experience includes relevant research / policy consultancies in Senegal (where she is from), South Africa (at UCT), and Burkina Faso.
  • Prof Willem van Mechelen. Head, Department of Public and Occupational Health. Co-Director, EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Centre.
  • Dr Frans van der Ouderaa. Former VP of Corporate Research, Unilever.
  • Ms Sabina Syed. ISAG Lay Member. Managing Director of Vision
  • Dr Anne Marie Thow. Senior Lecturer, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, Australia. Research interests include multi-sectoral policy approaches to improving diets and nutrition, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. She has active collaborations in Asia, African and the Pacific.

Network Evaluation

GDAR commissioned an independent formative evaluation of the GDAR Network. This was conducted between February and July 2020 by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Read more.