Professor Nancy Papalopulu has been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences as recognition for her contribution to the advancement of medical science. Out of 351 candidates, Professor Papalopulu was one of only 44 UK researchers to be recognised in this year’s list.
To be elected as an Academy Fellow, a scientist must display excellence in medical research, show innovative applications of scientific knowledge, or provide eye-catching service to healthcare. Professor Sir John Tooke, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said:
“The Academy of Medical Sciences exists to promote the best of medical science for the benefit of society. Our new Fellows are recognised for their exceptional contribution and collectively represent the array of talent present in the UK medical science community. They will further strengthen the Academy and I look forward to working with them over the coming years.”
Professor Papalopulu joined the Faculty from The University of Cambridge in 2006. Her research studies the development of the nervous system from fertilised egg to embryonic brain. Her work focuses on understanding how cells decide to divide or differentiate at the molecular level; a decision which is crucial for the correct development of the nervous system. Most recently, she made an important discovery into how cyclical fluctuations in levels of protein and small RNAs regulate the fate that cells adopt.
This research into the nervous system could prove integral to the treatment of many medical conditions. It is for this work, and the role she plays in helping future scientists to undertake similar crucial research, that Professor Papalopulu has been recognised as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Professor Papalopulu discussed her election to the Academy:
“Basic research underpins medical discoveries and it is a great honour that my research has been recognised in this way by the country’s leading medical scientists. I am looking forward to serving the community as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.”