David FitzPatrick elected as Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
Congratulations to Professor David FitzPatrick who has become a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci): May 2017
Congratulations to Professor David FitzPatrick who has become a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci), an award for medical scientists who are recognised by the Academy of Medical Sciences for the "excellence of their science, their contribution to medicine and society and the range of their achievements".
Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences are drawn primarily from biomedical science and academic medicine and the majority of candidates are selected for their outstanding contribution to the advancement of medical science, or for the application of existing scientific knowledge or understanding in an innovative way, that brings about advances in human health and welfare.
Professor David FitzPatrick is Joint Section Head of Disease Mechanisms of the IGMM’s Human Genetics Unit, whose research aims to understand how changes in our genomes cause disease by studying patients and families, as well as model organisms. David’s research identifies genetic changes that result in abnormalities of development during early pregnancy, focusing on birth defects affecting the eye, the face and the brain in children. Knowledge of how these genes go wrong aids understanding of normal development, can help in children’s on-going treatment and may, in the longer term, help prevent other children having similar problems.