Professor Sally Lowell elected to Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship
18 May 2023
Professor Sally Lowell has joined 58 other outstanding biomedical and health researchers elected to Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship. This respected Fellowship, recognises exceptional contributions to the advancement of biomedical and health science, cutting edge research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and wider society.
Fellows are drawn from institutions across the UK and their breadth of expertise ranges from molecular imaging to biostatistics to public health policy. They join a prestigious Fellowship of 1,400 esteemed researchers who are central to the Academy’s work. This includes providing career support to the next generation of researchers and contributing to the Academy’s influential policy work to improve health in the UK and globally.
I’m delighted and honoured to be become a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. This recognition of our work is a tribute to all the great people I’ve been lucky to have working in my lab, past and present, and to the support of my colleagues in the Centre for Regenerative Medicine. I look forward to contributing to the work of the Academy in the years to come.
Professor Lowell set up her own research group at the University of Edinburgh in 2007, with the aim of understanding how pluripotent cells steer a path towards lineage commitment. She was awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in 2014, which was renewed in 2020. She is also a Director at the Company of Biologists, where she co-founded the Sustainable Conferencing Initiative.
Election to AMS is a great honour and a terrific endorsement of the stellar work Sally does for the biomedical science community; congratulations
These new Fellows are pioneering biomedical research and driving life-saving improvements in healthcare, from understanding the spread of infectious diseases to developing mental health interventions. It’s a pleasure to recognise and celebrate their exceptional talent by welcoming them to the Fellowship.
As individuals, these new Fellows are all outstanding, but it is the collective might of their wisdom, their commitment to improving health and their dedication to the pursuit of knowledge that can really change lives.
Working to ensure the Academy Fellowship reflects the true diversity of UK medical science is a key responsibility for me in my role as Registrar. I am thrilled to welcome our new Fellows, who join us in our mission to create a research sector where talented people from all backgrounds are supported to thrive.
The Academy is committed to working towards full equity of opportunity for all, embedding inclusion in our organisation, work and the wider medical science sector. An Academy Fellowship that is reflective of the society we live in and that includes a broader diversity of expertise and backgrounds is key to that commitment. In this year’s cohort, the proportion of Fellows elected from minority ethnic backgrounds has increased to 18% (compared to 12% in 2020). It also includes the highest proportion of women experts ever elected to the Fellowship, at 39%. Our recently published Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strategy sets out the steps we will be taking to continue to diversify our Fellowship.
The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at an event on Wednesday 12 July when we will also be celebrating our 25th Anniversary.