Trust researchers awarded Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowships

Three consultants from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS).

Professors Alun Davies, Azeem Majeed and Waljit Dhillo are among 59 influential scientists elected to the Academy, which describes itself as the independent voice of biomedical and health research in the UK.

Professor Alun Davies is an honorary consultant surgeon who is regarded as a world expert in the management of arterial and venous disorders. He runs a busy specialist vascular surgical practice including the management of, not only superficial venous disease, but complex deep vein and compression syndromes. He is also Professor of vascular surgery at Imperial College London and has worked extensively on many aspects of vascular disease, leading a large research group and writing over 600 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

He said: “Being awarded the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship is a tremendous honour that validates the research work my colleagues and I have done over the years in the field of vascular surgery. This recognition motivates me to pursue further innovation and excellence, with the knowledge that our contributions are advancing the field of medical science and benefiting patients."

Waljit Dhillo is a consultant endocrinologist and divisional director of research at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He is also dean of the NIHR Academy, scientific director for research capacity and capabilities to the NIHR board and Professor in endocrinology and metabolism at Imperial College London. His research focuses on the neuroendocrine mechanisms which regulate food intake, understanding gut hormones and he has shown that the novel hormone, kisspeptin can be used safely and effectively in IVF treatment for women with infertility.

He commented: "I am honoured to have been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences – it’s a tribute to the brilliant team I work with. Our research has now resulted in a new licensed therapy, which is non-oestrogen based, for menopausal flushing – this will make a real difference to the lives of many women suffering around the world."

Azeem Majeed is a honorary consultant in public health at the Trust and head of the department of primary care and public health and Imperial College London. 

He commented: “I am deeply honoured to be elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, which is a testament to the collective efforts of my colleagues and the supportive environment in the School of Public Health. We face many national and global challenges in the fields of primary care and public health and research is essential if we are to tackle these effectively.”

Commenting on the awards, Professor Tim Orchard, chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Huge congratulations to our clinician scientists on the award of these Fellowships. They are a richly deserved recognition of their commitment to developing leading edge care through research and practice.”

President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Professor Andrew Morris said: “It is an honour to welcome these brilliant minds to our Fellowship. We look forward to working with them, and learning from them, in our quest to foster an open and progressive research environment that improves the health of people everywhere through excellence in medical science.”

The scientists will be formally admitted at a ceremony on Wednesday 18 September 2024.