Leeds academics recognised for outstanding contribution to medical science


Three Leeds researchers have been recognised for excellence in medical science by being elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

John Fisher, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Tony Turner, Professor Biochemistry; and Peter Grant, Professor of Medicine, are among 46 medical researchers joining one of the UK's most prestigious medical academies.

Academy Fellows are elected for outstanding contributions to the advancement of medical science, for innovative application of scientific knowledge or for their conspicuous service to healthcare. The expertise of the new Fellows spans neurosurgery, anticancer drug development, reproductive sciences, medical genetics and R&D leadership.

Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said: "These new Fellows represent the wealth of talent within the UK biomedical community. Excellent medical science and medical scientists are key to breakthroughs in preventing and treating ill health.

"I am delighted that the Academy can recognise these new Fellows for the work they have done in the generation of cutting edge science and its translation into health benefits for society."

The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at a ceremony on 27 June 2012.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Arthur, Professor Tim Bishop, Professor Malcolm Levene, Sir Alexander Markham, Professor Pamela Rabbits, Professor Peter Selby, and Professor Sheena Radford of the University of Leeds are also fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Colin Robinson, Emeritus Professor of the Dental Institute at Leeds is a Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Full list of Fellows elected in 2012

Professor Christopher Abell FMedSci, Professor of Biological Chemistry, University of Cambridge

Professor Dario Alessi FMedSci, Director of MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit, University of Dundee

Professor Deborah Ashby FMedSci, Professor of Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, Co-Director of Imperial

Clinical Trials Unit, Imperial College London

Professor Tipu Aziz FMedSci, Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Oxford

Professor Denis Azzopardi FMedSci, Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Centre for the Developing Brain, Imperial College London and Kings College London

Professor Julian Blow FRSE FMedSci, Principal Investigator, Associate Dean of Research, University of Dundee

Dr Simon Boulton FMedSci, Senior Research Scientist, Cancer Research UK London Research Institute

Professor Kevin Brindle FMedSci, Co-Director of Imaging, Cancer Research UK,

Professor Keith Caldecott FMedSci, Professor of Biochemistry, Genome Damage and Stability Centre, University of Sussex

Professor Kar Keung Cheng FMedSci, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Birmingham

Professor Nicky Cullum FMedSci, Professor of Nursing, University of Manchester

Professor Johann de Bono FMedSci, Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine, The Institute of Cancer

Research and Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Professor David Dunger FMedSci, Professor of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge

Professor Rosalind Eeles FMedSci, Professor of Oncogenetics, Institute of Cancer Research

& Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith FMedSci, Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator and Professor of Developmental Genetics, University of Cambridge

Professor John Fisher CBE FMedSci, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds

Professor Paul Fletcher FMedSci, Bernard Wolfe Professor of Health Neuroscience, Wellcome Trust Senior

Research Fellow in Clinical Science, University of Cambridge

Professor Peter Grant FMedSci, Professor of Medicine and Consultant Physician, University of Leeds and Leeds Acute Trust

Professor Michael Hausser FMedSci, Professor of Neuroscience, Wellcome Principal Research Fellow, University College London

Professor Rury Holman FMedSci, Professor of Diabetic Medicine, University of Oxford

Dr Penelope Jeggo FMedSci, Senior Scientist and Honorary Professorial Fellow, Genome Damage and Stability Centre, University of Sussex

Professor Martin H Johnson FMedSci, Professor of Reproductive Sciences, University of Cambridge

Professor Patrick Johnston FMedSci, Dean of Medicine, Queen's University Belfast

Professor Jaspal Singh Kooner FMedSci, Professor of Clinical Cardiology, Imperial College London

Professor Ajit Lalvani FMedSci, Chair of Infectious Diseases, Director, Tuberculosis Research Unit, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London

Professor Deborah Anne Lawlor FMedSci, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Bristol

Professor Stephen MacMahon FMedSci, Principal Director, The George Institute for Global Health; Professor of Medicine and James Martin Professorial Fellow, University of Oxford

Professor Iain McInnes FMedSci, Muirhead Professor of Medicine, University of Glasgow

Professor Gero Miesenbí¶ck FMedSci, Waynflete Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford

Professor James Naismith FMedSci, Professor of Chemical Biology and Director of Biomedical Sciences,

University of St Andrews

Professor Marie-Louise Newell FMedSci, Director of Africa Centre and Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology,

University College London Institute of Health

Professor Randolph Noelle FMedSci, Wellcome Trust Professor of Transplant Science and Immunotherapy; Co- Chair Department of Immune Regulation and Intervention; Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, King's College London

Professor Jane Norman FMedSci, Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health, University of Edinburgh

Professor Sussan Nourshargh FMedSci, Professor of Microvascular Pharmacology and Head, Centre for

Microvascular Research, William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Anant Parekh FMedSci, Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford

Professor Chris Ponting FMedSci, Deputy Director MRC Functional Genomics Unit, University of Oxford

Dr Ann Prentice OBE FMedSci, Director, MRC Human Nutrition Research

Professor Kathy Pritchard-Jones FMedSci, Professor of Paediatric Oncology; University College London Institute of Child Health; Honorary Consultant Oncologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Programme Director for Cancer UCLPartners

Professor Anne Ridley FMedSci, Professor of Cell Biology, King's College London

Professor Philippa Saunders FMedSci, Director, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health

Professor Sophie Scott FMedSci, Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience,

University College London

Dr Moncef Slaoui FMedSci, R&D Chairman, GlaxoSmithKline

Professor Anthony Turner FMedSci, Professor of Biochemistry, University of Leeds

Professor Jane Wardle FMedSci, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Director Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London

Dr Timothy Wells FMedSci, Chief Scientific Officer, Medicines for Malaria Venture

Professor Christopher Geoffrey Woods FMedSci, Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics, Professor of Human Genetics, University of Cambridge

Notes for Editors

This year Fellows were chosen from 354 candidates. The seven Sectional Committees met in March to consider potential Fellows for 2012 entry to the Academy. Three nominators from within the Fellowship must back each candidate. The Academy Registrar Professor Patrick Maxwell, Professor of Medicine, University College London, oversees the election. The election brings the number of Fellows to 1061. The independent Academy of Medical Sciences promotes advances in medical science and campaigns to ensure these are translated into benefits for patients. The Academy's Fellows are the United Kingdom's leading medical scientists from hospitals, academia, industry and the public service.

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