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Josh Vogel, winner of the Nature Research Award for Driving Global Impact, is an inspired leader of grand scale implementation research in translational perinatal medicine.
He combines a rare gift for acute clinical insight with the vision, persuasive skills and determination to take that insight and develop a research programme to translate it into reality.
The main underlying cause of preventable death for both newborns and children under 5 is premature birth and UN SDG target 3.2 aims to end preventable deaths of newborns and children under five by 2030. Dr Josh Vogel‘s early work documented 15 million premature births globally every year, of which 13 million were in low- and middle-income countries, Josh believed one third of those deaths could easily be prevented and set out to prove it. Working hand-in-hand with WHO, he set up simultaneous studies across five countries to prove that his big idea could significantly reduce deaths due to preterm births. Josh‘s trials are on track to deliver the evidence that WHO needs within the next two years, and then to translate that evidence into action in time to hit target 3.2 before 2030.
During this webcast, judging panel chair Nicola Jones will explore with Josh his remarkable focus, his approach to this problem, the challenges he has overcome and his vision for the future.
The Nature Research Award for Driving Impact, in partnership with Tencent, is presented annually and champions researchers who address global challenges.
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