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The Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO) is delighted to announce that Dr James Watson has been appointed as the new Associate Director from March 2023.

James Watson

James takes over from Laura Merson, who has been leading new initiatives in data sharing for emerging infections at IDDO since 2015.

James is a statistician whose research focuses on the treatment of infectious diseases. James holds a Wellcome-funded Henry Dale Fellowship on improving the diagnosis and treatment of severe falciparum malaria. James also works on Plasmodium vivax malaria, COVID-19, and Chagas disease. He is currently based at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Viet Nam and will transition to Oxford during his fellowship.

Professor Philippe Guérin, Director of IDDO said: “We are thrilled to welcome James’ expertise to the team, and look forward to the impact that his breadth of experience will bring to IDDO’s efforts to maximise the value of data reuse and open science.”

Prior to taking up his Fellowship, James was a post-doctoral researcher at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), Bangkok. He received his doctorate in Statistics from the University of Oxford, and holds a first-class honours degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, also from Oxford. Alongside his deep expertise on a range of diseases within IDDO’s portfolio, James has published on machine learning, pharmacometric modelling, and trial design.

The full story is available on the IDDO website