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Leading diabetes professor elected for medical fellowship

By Editor
10th May 2018

A leading diabetes professor has been elected to join the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Melanie Davies CBE, Professor of diabetes medicine at the University of Leicester and diabetes consultant at Leicester’s Hospitals, has been elected, along with 47 other researchers for their “outstanding contributions to biomedical and health science, leading research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and the wider society”.

Professor Davies, who is also co-director of the Leicester Diabetes Centre, said: “I am honoured to have been recognised by the Academy is this way. This is great news at a time we are wanting to raise awareness of the high quality research and scientific endeavour in our hospitals across the East Midlands and as we bring together our work under the banner of the Midlands Health Alliance which we hope to launch soon.”

‘Major health and policy challenges’

This year’s elected Fellows have expertise that spans sleep research, infectious and tropical diseases, diabetes medicine, parasite biology and ultrasound research and technology among many other fields.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, president of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: “The Academy simply could not tackle major health and policy challenges without our dynamic and diligent brain trust of Fellows. I extend my warmest congratulations to all who are joining us this year, each of whom has earnt this prestige by advancing their own field of biomedical science.

“Later this year the Academy will celebrate 20 years of supporting the translation of biomedical and health research into benefits for society. As we celebrate this special anniversary we stand at a crossroads of both enormous health challenges and great opportunity for medical sciences. So I am delighted to see the remarkable breadth and depth of the expertise within our 48 new Fellows. We look forward to these experts joining us in addressing the health challenges we face head on and exploiting opportunities to improve health in the UK and internationally.”

Professor Philippa Saunders FMedSci, Registrar of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: “The Academy is working hard to make sure that we represent the true diversity of UK medical science in our Fellowship. We are pleased to have a retained a high proportion of women Fellows in this year’s intake, but will continue our work to increase diversity in all its forms within our Fellowship in coming years.”

The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at a ceremony on 27 June 2018.

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