martinHProfessor Martin Humphries Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, has been elected as the Vice President of the prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences. This influential body has over 1,000 elected Fellows and works to promote advances in medical science.

Founded in 1998, the Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Its members come from a variety of backgrounds, including hospitals, academia, industry and the public sector. They cover a wide range of disciplines from biological sciences to health technology implementation, veterinary science, dentistry, medical and nursing care and other professions allied to medical science. It is one of five National Academies and deals with public policy issues in healthcare. It also plays an integral part in the UK’s strong biomedical research community; working closely with funders, medical research charities, the NHS and the private sector.

Talking about his appointment Professor Humphries said:

“I am delighted to be taking up this prestigious role with one of the most important scientific bodies in the UK. I hope to develop strategies to facilitate the careers of biomedical scientists, foster more effective collaborations between academia, industry and the NHS, and advocate new approaches to improve the translation of research.”

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