13 May 2015

York medical expert recognised for excellence in research

A University of York immunologist has been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences for his contribution to the advancement of medical science

Professor Paul Kaye, Director Centre for Immunology and Infection, part of the University’s Department of Biology at York and Hull York Medical School, is one of 48 researchers from across the UK who have been the honoured by the Academy.

Academy Fellows are elected for excellence in medical research, for innovative application of scientific knowledge or for their conspicuous service to healthcare.

Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said, “The Academy of Medical Sciences champions the excellence and diversity of medical science in the UK, and this is clearly demonstrated in this year’s cohort of new Fellows. Their broad range of expertise and fantastic achievements to date shows just how strong the Fellowship is. Their election is a much deserved honour, and I know they will contribute greatly to the Academy. I am delighted to welcome them all to the Fellowship, and look forward to working with them in the future.”

This year, 17 (35 per cent) of the new Fellows are women, compared with 23.2 per cent of bioscience professors in the UK.

The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at a ceremony on Wednesday 1 July 2015.

The Fellows were selected from a pool of 362 candidates.

Notes for Editors

  • This year Fellows were chosen from 362 candidates. The seven Sectional Committees met in March to consider potential Fellows for 2015 entry to the Academy. Three nominators from within the Fellowship must back each candidate. The Academy Registrar, Professor Moira Whyte, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Sheffield, oversees the election.
  • The election brings the number of Fellows to 1169.
  • In 2013, the Academy released the report “Representation of women within the Academy’s Fellowship”, which scrutinised the nomination and election process for gender balance and equality.
  • The independent Academy of Medical Sciences promotes advances in medical science and campaigns to ensure these are translated into benefits for patients. The Academy’s Fellows are the United Kingdom’s leading medical scientists from hospitals, academia, industry and the public service.
  • Further details may be obtained athttp://www.acmedsci.ac.uk
  • For more details about the Centre for Immunology and Infection in the Department of Biology at the University of York, please visit http://www.york.ac.uk/cii/
  • For more information about Hull York Medical School, please visit http://www.hyms.ac.uk/