Both the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences have recently announced their lists of new Fellows for 2017. Congratulations to the following BSI members on being elected as Fellows in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the discipline.
Professor Tracy Hussell FMedSci, Director, Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Manchester, has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Her work focuses on the immunology of the respiratory tract. She studies how immune homeostasis is maintained in the respiratory tract and what happens when this homeostasis is disrupted through acute inflammation (e.g. due to bacterial or viral infection) or during allergy.
Dr Andrew McKenzie FRS FMedSci, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Medicine, University of Cambridge, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. His research examines how the various arms of the immune system communicate with each other, focusing on the role of interleukins. He has defined and characterised how these cytokine networks orchestrate the cellular response to pathogens and how dysregulation of these regulatory pathways can lead to diseases such as asthma and allergy.
Professor Robin Shattock FMedSci, Professor of Mucosal Infection & Immunity, Imperial College London, has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. His research focuses on the mechanisms of mucosal infection and the development of novel preventative strategies appropriate to a developing world setting. This includes establishing international collaborations to study pre-clinical identification, development and selection of HIV microbicide and vaccine candidates prior to formal clinical efficacy trials.