Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet. He was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors and a Past-President of the US Council of Science Editors. He is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Oslo and has honorary doctorates in medicine from the University of Birmingham and the Universities of Umea and Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2011, he was appointed co-chair of the UN’s independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health. He is a Senior Associate of the Nuffield Trust. Richard received the Edinburgh medal in 2007 and the Dean’s medal from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2009. He has a strong interest in global health and medicine’s contribution to our wider culture. In 2011, he was elected a Foreign Associate of the US Institute of Medicine.