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10.05.18

Professor Bob Steele named Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Bob Steele, of the University of Dundee, has been elected to join the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Fellows are been elected for their outstanding contributions to biomedical and health science, leading research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and the wider society.

Professor Steele holds a Chair in Surgery in the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee. He is one of the UK’s leading authorities on cancer screening, which plays a vital role in detecting the disease in its earliest stages and increasing survival rates.

His main interest is colorectal cancer and he is Director of the Scottish Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme, having acted as clinical lead for the UK demonstration pilot that was used to inform the decision to introduce national screening programmes throughout the United Kingdom.

In 2016 he was appointed as Chair of the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC), the body which advises Ministers and the NHS in all four countries about all aspects of screening policy.

“I am delighted to receive this honour from the Academy of Medical Sciences,” said Professor Steele. “It is a privilege to join the ranks of Fellows, a list that highlights the great impact that scientific research conducted in the UK is having here and around the world.”

48 of the UK’s world leading researchers have been elected as new Fellows today. The Academy said they have been elected for their outstanding contributions to biomedical and health science, leading research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and the wider society.

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."

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