Sectional Committees

Sectional Committees assess candidates nominated to the Fellowship and make recommendations for election.

Sectional Committee 1

Physics, chemistry, biochemistry, structural biology, mathematics, informatics and engineering applied to biomedicine

  • Professor Lionel Tarassenko (Chair)
  • Professor Anthony Barrett
  • Dr Ewan Birney
  • Professor Neil Ferguson
  • Dr Harren Jhoti
  • Professor Stefan Neubauer

Sectional Committee 2

Genetics, cellular and developmental biology, microbiology and immunology

  • Professor Dan Davis (Chair)
  • Professor Gurdyal Besra
  • Professor Frances Brodsky
  • Professor Anne Cooke
  • Professor Paul Farrell
  • Professor Clare Isacke
  • Professor Andrew Jackson
  • Professor Paul Kaye
  • Professor Janet Lord
  • Professor Laura Machesky
  • Professor Sharon Peacock
  • Professor Jonathan Slack
  • Professor Ian Tomlinson
  • Professor Colin Watts
  • Professor Kathryn Wood


Sectional Committee 3

Anatomy, neuroscience (including neurology and neurosurgery), physiology, pharmacological sciences

  • Professor Barbara Sahakian (Chair)
  • Professor Philip Bath
  • Professor Linda Greensmith
  • Professor Fiona Gribble
  • Professor Tim Griffiths
  • Professor Peter McNaughton
  • Professor Graeme Milligan
  • Professor Richard Morris
  • Dame Pamela Shaw


Sectional Committee 4

Medical specialties (excluding oncology, neurology) and paediatrics

  • Professor Martin Bennett (Chair)
  • Professor David Adams
  • Professor Elaine Dzierzak
  • Professor Andrew Loudon
  • Professor Alejandro Madrigal
  • Professor Kathryn Maitland
  • Professor John McMurray
  • Professor Steven Sacks
  • Professor Ros Smyth
  • Professor Rhian Touyz
  • Professor Brian Walker


Sectional Committee 5

Surgery, anaesthesia, oncology, clinical pathologies, imaging (including radiology), dentistry, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynaecology

  •  (Chair)
  • Professor Andrew Bradley
  • Professor Mike Curtis
  • Professor Jane Norman
  • Professor Philip Quirke
  • Professor Jonathan Sandy
  • Professor Irene Tracey


Sectional Committee 6

Psychiatry, psychology and mental health, public health, epidemiology and statistics

  • Professor Carol Dezateux (Chair)
  • Professor Wendy Atkin
  • Professor Clive Ballard
  • Professor Tony David
  • Professor Christl Donnelly
  • Professor David Gunnell
  • Professor Anthony Holland
  • Professor Peter Jones
  • Professor Neil Pearce
  • Professor Jill Pell
  • Professor Tim Peters
  • Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke


Sectional Committee 7 

Primary care, social sciences, humanities and law in medicine, administration of health services, health services research, health policy, health improvement, education, industry, science and society

  • Professor Jon Nicholl (Chair)
  • Professor Sheila Bird
  • Professor Dame Jessica Corner
  • Sir Andrew Dillon
  • Professor Trisha Greenhalgh
  • Professor Susan Michie
  • Professor Sophie Scott
  • Professor Aziz Sheikh


Sectional Committee 8

Individuals primarily based in the commercial sector including, but not limited to, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, devices, diagnostics and digital technology industries

  • Professor Caroline Savage (Chair)
  • Professor Bent Jakobsen
  • Professor Trevor Jones
  • Dr Fiona Marshall
  • Dr David Roblin

















Note: Candidates in the field of veterinary medicine will be assigned to the sectional committee that most closely represents their speciality: e.g. immunology. microbiology, genetics or pathology.

With a view to balancing out the number of candidates going through each of the committees Council members approved changes to the structure of Sectional Committees at the 2010 April Council meeting. For further information contact

A list of previous Sectional Committee Chairs can be found here



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