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New Fellows elected to Academy of Medical Sciences
02 May 08
Seven Oxford University researchers have been recognised for excellence in medical science with their election to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
There are seven new Fellows based at the University of Oxford - Professor Sir Michael Brady, Professor Peter Donnelly, Professor Ray Fitzpatrick, Professor Nicholas La Thangue, Professor Peter Rothwell and Professor Robert Snow.
Professor Sir John Bell, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said:
‘Our Fellows demonstrate the wealth of experience and diversity of talent amongst the UK’s research community. Their excellence in medical research plays a pivotal role in determining the future of medical science and the benefits that society will enjoy in years to come.’
Academy Fellows are elected for outstanding contributions to the advancement of medical science, for innovative application of scientific knowledge and conspicuous service to healthcare.
Professor Peter Donnelly is Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and has made seminal contributions to statistical methodology and its application to population genetics and the understanding of human disease susceptibility. His work has had far-reaching implications in a number of medical fields including infection, human genetics, and forensic practice.
Nick La Thangue is Professor of Cancer Biology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), and Professorial Fellow, Linacre College. His research is focused on the molecular mechanisms that give rise to the abnormal proliferation of tumour cells, and translating novel mechanistic insights into new therapeutic opportunities in the cancer clinic.
Robert Snow has played a major role in shaping our understanding of the epidemiology of malaria and has worked in Africa for the last 23 years. He is Professor of Tropical Public Health at Oxford and head of the Malaria Public Health and Epidemiology Group at the Kenyan Medical Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya. He has developed a large programme of work in Kenya on the public health burden of malaria in Africa.
Peter M Rothwell is Professor of Clinical Neurology and Director of the Stroke Prevention Research Unit. He was awarded an MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship in 2000. His main research interest is in the causes and prevention of stroke although he is also interested in the more general theme of how best to apply the results of clinical trials and other forms of research to clinical decisions.
Ray Fitzpatrick is Professor of Public Health and Primary Care and a Fellow of Nuffield College. He is chair of a NHS R&D Academic Unit in Oxford and directs a programme for the Department of Health, Patient Health Instruments, which provides analysis, reviews and advice for the NHS on patient-reported outcome measures. His research focuses on evaluation of health services, particularly interventions for chronic diseases. He is currently chair of the Research Assessment Exercise (2008) panel for Health Services Research.
Sir Michael Brady is BP Professor of Information Engineering. He has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. Professor Brady and his colleagues established the Robotics Research Laboratory and, more recently, as his research interests shifted towards Medical Image Analysis and minimally-invasive surgery, he and Alison Noble established the Medical Vision Laboratory.
Professor Nicholas Day is Director of the Wellcome Trust-Mahidol University-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Programme based in Thailand, where he coordinates research on infectious diseases causing morbidity and mortality in poor rural areas of Southeast Asia. These include malaria, melioidosis, rickettsia infections, dengue and leptospirosis.