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Academy of Medical Sciences elects LSHTM researchers as Fellows

LSHTM is delighted to announce that John Edmunds (Professor of Infectious Diseases) and Liz Corbett (Professor of Tropical Epidemiology) have been elected to join the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Prof Liz Corbett and Prof John Edmunds
Prof Liz Corbett and Prof John Edmunds

The Academy of Medical Sciences elect new Fellows based on their outstanding contribution to biomedical and health science, leading research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and the wider society.

Fellows ensure that the Academy is able to deal with complex health issues, which extend beyond the traditional boundaries of medicine. Their knowledge, influence and resource are some of the Academy’s most powerful assets.

Prof Edmunds and Prof Corbett join 46 other UK world leading researchers that have been elected as 2018 Fellows. 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.

Liz Corbett, who is based in Malawi, researches the control of TB in HIV prevalent populations from the public health perspective. On becoming a Fellow, she said:

“I am delighted and honoured to have been elected to the Academy, with this being especially welcome for the inherent recognition of the dedication, drive and output of my research team in the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, collaborators in UK, Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Southern Africa.

“I have been based at LSHTM, funded by the Wellcome Trust to live and work in Africa since 1996, with just one year in UK.  My focus for the last 15 years has been on the development and evaluation of novel diagnostic intervention strategies for improving HIV and TB health outcomes and control at community-level. My field has been transformed by the Global Health Initiatives, to which the UK Government is a generous donor, and it has been my great pleasure to have been able to contribute to regional policy and practice.”