The Academy of Medical Sciences
7 July 2014
Two University experts have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to medical science by becoming Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Baroness Ilora Finlay and Professor Julie Williams have been elected Academy Fellows.
They join 42 other leading UK experts, in recognition of their individual contribution to medical research, innovative application of scientific knowledge and services to healthcare.
Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: "The Academy of Medical Sciences represents the excellence and diversity of medical science in the UK, and this is evident in the broad range of expertise demonstrated by this year's new Fellows.
"They each bring a unique perspective which we will value immensely. Their election is a much deserved honour for the outstanding achievements they have shown throughout their careers.
"I know they will contribute greatly to the Academy, and I am delighted to welcome them all to the Fellowship."
Baroness Ilora Finlay of Landaff FMedSci is Professor of Palliative Medicine, School of Medicine, a Consultant at the Velindre Cancer Centre and President of the British Medical Association.
In 2003, driven by her work with terminally ill lung cancer patients, she proposed a parliamentary bill to ban smoking in public buildings, and has worked with the government closely to advise on UK policies regarding organ donation, carbon monoxide poisoning, sunbed usage, bereavement in children and the care of prisoners.
She has taught more than 2000 doctors over 25 years, has led on palliative care and hospice development across Wales since 2008, and is a past President of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Professor Julie Williams is the current Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales (CSAW) responsible for providing independent and top quality scientific advice to the First Minister and his administration across a broad spectrum of topics to support decision and policy making.
Professor Williams is one of the UK's leading figures in Alzheimer's research and plays a key role in the University's Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics as Head of the Neurodegeneration section. Her research focuses on identifying and understanding genes which increase the risk of developing complex psychological and neurodegenerative disorders.
The two newly elected Academy Fellows join an illustrious list of University experts to receive the honour.