A key new role with the Academy of Medical Sciences

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Professor Paul Stewart, Executive Dean of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds, has been elected Vice President (Clinical) of the Academy of Medical Sciences, following a competitive ballot.

The Academy of Medical Sciences is an independent UK body representing the diversity of medical science. Its aim is to promote advances in medical research and ensure these advances are converted into healthcare benefits to society.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler, the Academy’s President, said: “I am delighted that Paul Stewart has been selected as our new Vice-President Clinical.

“Paul is a distinguished clinical academic, has extensive experience in supporting clinical academic careers, and has worked at the interface between academe and the NHS throughout his career.

“He will have much to contribute as we seek to mitigate the risks surrounding Brexit and as we navigate the new funding arrangements in light of the emerging life sciences component of the industrial strategy.”

Professor Stewart said: “It is truly a pleasure and privilege to serve the Academy through this role.

“We are living through uncertain times with immense pressures across the NHS-social care divide and the implementation of new structures across UK higher education and research landscapes.

“However, change brings significant opportunities afforded by the emerging industrial and life health science strategies that can further enhance our scientific excellence, drive innovation, training and entrepreneurship with the ultimate aim of improving patient and population health and economic growth.

“I am relishing the opportunity to work alongside our President, Robert Lechler, the Academy's Council, its Office and Fellows to deliver the Academy’s strategic plan.”