Prof Tom Williams and Prof. Jay Berkley elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Prof. Tom Williams and Prof. Jay Berkley are among 46 world leading researchers elected to the prestigious Academy of Medical Science Fellowship.

The two have been elected for their contribution to biomedical and health research, the generation of new knowledge in medical sciences and its translation into benefits to society. Professor Thomas Williams who Chairs the Epidemiology and Demography department also directs a programme of human genetic research in Kilifi, Kenya, focusing on red blood cell disorders such as sickle cell anaemia. Tom is Professor of Haemoglobinopathy Research at Imperial College, London. Prof Jay Berkley is Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health in Oxford he also leads a research group focusing on infection and inflammation in childhood malnutrition, and on perinatal health.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said:“As we elect new Fellows each year, the Academy continues to grow as a unique and productive hub of the best minds in UK medical science. Our expanding and evolving Fellowship allows the Academy to play a vital role in tackling the major health challenges facing society today and in the future.

“Tom and Jay have led internationally leading research for many years in the Programme, and I’m delighted to see this well earned recognition from the Academy”. Prof. Philip Bejon, Executive director of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi