Nicholas Wald

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Sir Nicholas John Wald FRS FRCP FRCOG FMedSci FFPH (born 31 May 1944[1]) is Professor of Environmental and Preventive Medicine at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry[2] . He is "widely considered one of the world's leading epidemiologists and neonatal health experts" and, together with Malcolm Law, is the inventor of the polypill.[3]

His main research has been in antenatal screening of pregnant women for congenital malformations. In the 1970s, he showed that fetal neural tube defects could be detected by measuring alpha-fetoprotein in the mother's blood. This was the first example of screening for fetal abnormalities.[citation needed]

With epidemiologist Ian Leck, Wald wrote Antenatal and Neonatal Screening. The book won the Public Health Category of the 2001 BMA Medical Book Competition.

He has received numerous awards, including, in 2000, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation Award for Scientific Research.[4] Wald was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2004,[5] and was knighted in the 2008 Birthday Honours[6] for services to preventive medicine.


  1. ^ "Prof Sir Nicholas Wald's Biography". Debrett's. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Nicholas Wald". Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Lisa, Nainggolan. "Polypill for primary prevention: Largest-yet reductions in BP, cholesterol in small UK trial". Prevention. 
  4. ^ "2000 Kennedy Foundation International Awards to be Given at Gala Event in Seattle". March of Dimes. 2 August 2000. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Professor Nicholas Wald elected Fellow of the Royal Society". University of London. 28 May 2004. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Birth defect test guru knighted". BBC News. 14 June 2008.