The Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences have announced their lists of new Fellows for 2022. Congratulations to the following BSI members on being elected as Fellows in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the discipline.
Royal Society Fellows
Professor Paul Lehner FMedSci FRS, Professor of Immunology and Medicine, Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease, University of Cambridge. Professor Lehner is distinguished for his work on the cell biology of immune and viral evasion pathways. His discovery of the 'HUSH' (Human Silencing Hub) epigenetic silencing complex uncovered an innate immune surveillance system that discriminates 'self' from 'non-self' genomic DNA, paving the way to novel applications in medicine and biotechnology. Paul also leads the ‘Immune evasion’ theme of the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium.
Professor Carola G. Vinuesa FRS, Royal Society Wolfson Fellow, Principal Group Leader and Professor of Immunology, Francis Crick Institute and Australian National University. Professor Vinuesa’s work has illuminated how T cells regulate B cells and control the quality of antibody responses. She has discovered follicular T cell subsets, molecules, and genes, and the mechanisms by which they promote protective antibody responses and/or prevent autoimmunity and allergy. Carola was recently part of the expert panel for our public event ‘Autoimmunity – when your immune system turns on you’ held in collaboration with the Crick and Nature Research for the International Day of Immunology.
Professor Sally Ward FRS, Director of Translational Immunology, Cancer Sciences Unit, Centre for Cancer Immunology, University of Southampton. Professor Ward is recognised for her pioneering research related to the biology of the neonatal Fc receptor, FcRn, and the development of therapeutics with novel mechanisms of action. She has developed approaches to extend the longevity of prophylactic/therapeutic antibodies and reduce the levels of pathogenic antibodies, leading to several first-in-class antibody-based therapeutics for autoimmunity and infectious disease. Sally is also President of The Antibody Society.
You can find out more about the 2022 intake of Royal Society Fellows on their website.
Academy of Medical Sciences Fellows
Professor Graham Anderson FMedSci, Professor of Experimental Immunology, University of Birmingham. Professor Anderson’s research focuses on T-cell development and thymus development and function, including mechanisms of immune tolerance. He is currently a member of the Wellcome Trust Expert Review Group ‘Immune System In Health and Disease’ and a Scientific Advisory Board member for activities at the University of Glasgow, University of Oxford and the KG Jebsen Centre for Autoimmune Disorders in Norway.
Professor Rose Zamoyska FMedSci, Professor of Immune Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh. Professor Zamoyska studies the fundamental mechanisms of immune homeostasis and autoimmunity, focusing on the gene mutations involved in activation and regulation of T cell responses that control immune homeostasis. A key priority of her research is to explore at what point perturbations in homeostatic mechanisms tip over into autoimmune disease.
Read more about the 2022 intake of Academy of Medical Sciences Fellows on their website.