Usher Institute

Three Usher Professors elected Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Professors Linda Bauld, Ewen Harrison and Gillian Mead elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

The Academy of Medical Sciences has elected 59 influential biomedical and health scientists to its respected Fellowship - three of whom are from the Usher Institute.

The new Fellows have been elected to the Academy in recognition of their 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.

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.

“This year, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary. The Fellowship is our greatest asset, and their broad expertise and dynamic ability has shaped the Academy to become the influential, expert voice of health. As we look to the future, the collective wisdom our new Fellows bring will be pivotal in achieving our mission to create an open and progressive research sector to improve the health of people everywhere.

Professor Dame Anne Johnson PMedSciPresident of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Many of this year’s new Fellows are tackling the most significant health challenges society faces, including global health security, climate change, health inequalities and mental health. New Fellow Professor Linda Bauld FMedSci has guided policies with her behavioural studies, including the life-saving smoking ban and standardised tobacco packaging.

The Academy’s 2023 new Fellows demonstrate the ‘team science’ principle, of collaborative research across multiple groups, that the Academy champions. Professor Ewen Harrison FMedSci, who uses novel data science approaches to surgery research, co-founded a network of over 5000 clinicians in more than 100 countries to improve surgical outcomes for patients.

Photos of Professors Linda Bauld, Ewen Harrison and Gillian Mead

Professor Linda Bauld OBE FRCPE, FRSE, FAcSS, FFPH, FMedSci

Bruce and John Usher Chair in Public Health, University of Edinburgh

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Professor Ewen Harrison OBE FRCS Gen surg, FMedSci

Professor of Surgery and Data Science, University of Edinburgh

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Professor Gillian Mead FRCPE, FESO, FRSE, FMedSci

Professor of Stroke and Elderly Care Medicine, University of Edinburgh

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Read the full announcement on the Academy of Medical Sciences website