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Health scientists from University of Warwick join prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship

Professor Gavin Perkins

Professor Richard Lilford

The Academy of Medical Sciences has elected 50 of the UK’s leading figures within biomedical and health sciences to their esteemed Fellowship, including two University of Warwick scientists, it has been announced today (Wednesday 8 May 2019).

Professor Gavin Perkins (right), Director of the Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, and Professor Richard Lilford (left) from Warwick Medical School have been made Fellows of the prestigious society. This takes the number of academics from the School recognised by the Academy to three, which is also home to a Fellow of Royal Society amongst its distinguished staff.

The new Fellows have been selected for their outstanding contributions to advancing medical science, cutting edge research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and wider society. Many of the new Fellows have also made a contribution to medical science through outstanding leadership, public engagement and supporting the career advancement of junior trainees.

This year's elected Fellows have expertise spanning global health, virology, women’s health, medical statistics, health policy, cancer genetics, allergy and emergency care medicine, among many other fields.

Professor Richard Lilford CBE FMedSci, Professor of Public Health at Warwick Medical School, said: “I am delighted to receive this honour which has been made possible by my marvellous team here at the University of Warwick. My mission is to bring the scientific spotlight to bear on issues concerning the management of health services both at home and overseas. My career started in clinical research but has moved to the subject of improving the quality and safety of health services, where it is easy to think that you have improved things when you have done nothing of the sort!”

Professor Gavin Perkins FMedSci, Director of the Warwick Clinical Trials Unit and Critical Care Consultant at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to become a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

“My research tackles some of the most challenging research questions in emergency and critical care medicine. My focus is on improving patient care and outcomes from the scene of the emergency through to care in the intensive care unit. Leading Warwick Clinical Trials Unit provides an excellent environment to deliver high quality, multi-disciplinary research.

“Joining the Academy provides the opportunity to collaborate with some of the greatest minds in health science for the benefit of society.”

Professor Sudhesh Kumar, Dean of Medicine, Warwick Medical School said: “Congratulations to both. It is an excellent achievement and a great testament to the quality of our research leaders.”

Three of the new Fellows bring important knowledge, insight and expertise from working in the commercial sector.

19 of the new Fellows are women, representing 38% of all Fellows elected in 2019, the highest percentage of women ever elected in one year. 20% of the new Fellows are non-UK nationals, coming from seven countries and four continents. We are pleased that this year’s election figures take us closer to a more equal Fellowship with regards to the number of men to women Fellows, and have an international spread. The Academy is committed to working towards diversity and equality of opportunity in everything we do.

The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at a ceremony on 26 June 2019.

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Notes for Editors

  1. The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Our elected Fellows are the UK’s leading medical scientists from hospitals, academia, industry and the public service. Our mission is to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society. We are working to secure a future in which:
  • UK and global health is improved by the best research.
  • The UK leads the world in biomedical and health research, and is renowned for the quality of its research outputs, talent and collaborations.
  • Independent, high quality medical science advice informs the decisions that affect society.
  • More people have a say in the future of health and research.

Our work focusses on four key objectives, promoting excellence, developing talented researchers, influencing research and policy and engaging patients, the public and professionals.

  1. This year Fellows were chosen from 413 candidates. The eight Sectional Committees met in March to consider potential Fellows for 2019 entry to the Academy. Three nominators from within the Fellowship must back each candidate. The Academy Registrar, Professor Philippa Saunders FRSE FMedSci, Director of Postgraduate Research, University of Edinburgh, oversees the election. 95 candidates were shortlisted for peer review. The election brings the number of Fellows to 1301.

In 2013, the Academy released the report “Representation of women within the Academy’s Fellowship”, which scrutinised the nomination and election process for gender balance and equality.

  1. Full list of Fellows elected in 2019

Professor Colin Baigent, Director, MRC Population Health Research Unit, University of Oxford

Professor Wendy Barclay, Action Medical Research Chair in Virology, Imperial College London

Professor Philip Bejon, Director, KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, and Professor of Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford

Professor Maria Belvisi, Professor of Respiratory Pharmacology, Imperial College London, and Vice President and Head of Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity, AstraZeneca

Professor Judith Breuer, Professor of Virology, University College London

Professor Chris Brightling, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Leicester

Dr James Briscoe FRS, Senior Group Leader, Francis Crick Institute

Professor Robert Bristow, Director, Manchester Cancer Research Centre and Chief Academic Officer, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor of Cancer Studies, University of Manchester

Professor Robert Brownstone, Professor and Head of Neurosurgery, University College London

Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Vice Chancellor and President, Brunel University

Professor Edward Byrne, President and Principal, King’s College London

Dr Peter Campbell, Head of Cancer, Ageing, and Somatic Mutations Programme, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Professor Sarah Cleaveland OBE FRS FRSE, Professor of Comparative Epidemiology, University of Glasgow

Professor Arri Coomarasamy, Director, Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research, University of Birmingham

Professor Tim Dalgleish, Programme Lead, Cognition, Emotion & Mental Health Group, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge

Professor Sarah C Darby FRS, Professor of Medical Statistics, University of Oxford

Professor Benjamin Davis, Professor of Chemical Biology, University of Oxford

Dr Jennifer Dixon CBE, Chief Executive, The Health Foundation

Professor Timothy Eisen, Vice-president and Head of Oncology Early Clinical Development, AstraZeneca, & Professor of Medical Oncology, University of Cambridge

Professor Michael Hanna, Director, UCL Institute of Neurology; Director, UCL MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases; Professor in Clinical Neurology, University College London

Professor Harry Hemingway, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University College London

Professor Mary Herbert, Professor of Reproductive Biology, Newcastle University

Dr Caroline Hill, Senior Group Leader, Francis Crick Institute

Professor Dame Susan Hill, Chief Scientific Officer for England, NHS England

Professor Judy Hirst FRS, Professor of Biological Chemistry, MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, University of Cambridge

Professor Gideon Lack, Professor of Paediatric Allergy, King’s College London

Professor Matthew Lambon Ralph, Director, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge

Professor Jonathan Ledermann, Clinical Director, UCL Cancer Institute & Director, CRUK-UCL Clinical Trials Centre, University College London

Professor Richard Lilford CBE, Pro-Dean (Research), University of Warwick

Professor Clare Lloyd, Professor of Respiratory Immunology, Wellcome Senior Fellow in Basic Biomedical Sciences, Imperial College London

Dr Ruth March, Senior Vice President of Precision Medicine, AstraZeneca

Professor Christopher Mason, Chief Scientific Officer, AvroBio Inc.

Professor Helen McShane, Professor of Vaccinology and Deputy Departmental Head, University of Oxford

Professor Andreas Melzer, Professor of Medical Technology and Foundation Director, University of Dundee

Professor Irene Miguel-Aliaga, Professor of Genetics and Physiology, Imperial College London

Professor Ashley Moffett, Professor of Reproductive Immunology, University of Cambridge

Professor Michael Murphy, Professor of Mitochondrial Redox Biology, MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, University of Cambridge

Professor Gavin Perkins, Professor in Critical Care Medicine, University of Warwick

Professor Richard Price , Professor of Global Health and Senior Principal Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, and Professor of Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford

Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience, University of Leicester

Professor John Radford, Professor of Medical Oncology, University of Manchester

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty CBE, Professor of Nursing Policy, King’s College London

Dr Felix Randow, Group Leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge

Professor Daniel Rueckert FREng, Professor of Visual Information Processing, Imperial College London

Professor Alison Simmons, Professor of Gastroenterology, MRC Human Immunology Unit, University of Oxford

Professor Lord Alexander Trees, Emeritus Professor, University of Liverpool and Working Peer, House of Lords

Professor Andrew Tutt, Director, Institute of Cancer Research

Professor Ann (Sarah) Walker, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, University of Oxford

Professor Nicholas Wareham, Director, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge

Professor Graham Williams, Professor of Endocrinology, Imperial College London

8 May 2019

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