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Cornelia van Duijn, Professor of Epidemiology at NDPH has been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. She is one of 50 of the UK’s most prominent biomedical and health scientists whose fellowships were announced by the Academy of Medical Sciences today. The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy on 25 June 2020.

The new Fellows have been chosen for their exceptional contributions to advancing biomedical science via world-leading research discoveries, running national science communication and engagement programmes and translating scientific advances into benefits for patients and the public.

Professor van Duijn said: 'I am extremely honoured. It is an important recognition of my work and that of many others with whom I have had the privilege to work. 

'Building bridges between genetics and epidemiology has been exciting and rewarding and has laid the foundation for our understanding of the pathogenesis of dementia and many other common complex diseases. 

'The past decade has shown that epidemiological research is a crucial vehicle for major scientific discoveries and for population health.'

The value of medical science has never been more apparent than during the current coronavirus global health crisis. From testing and vaccine development, to public health and behavioural science, to addressing the impacts of lockdown measures on mental health, biomedical and health scientists are helping to guide the UK through unprecedented challenges.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: 'I am delighted to welcome these 50 new Fellows into the Academy’s Fellowship. Each one has made their own outstanding contribution to biomedical science, and together they are advancing the health of our society in the UK and internationally. Their work affects us all, from the way we keep healthy through our lifestyle, to how we are treated if we become ill, to the way we receive information about health. 

'Never has there been a more important time to recognise and celebrate the people behind ground-breaking biomedical and health research, working harder than ever to further knowledge and protect patients and the public.

'It brings me great pleasure to congratulate the new Fellows, and see our Fellowship grow to even greater heights of evidence-based advice, leadership and expertise.'