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 Jane Clarke
  • Professor Neil Ferguson
  • Dr Harren Jhoti
  • Professor James Naismith
  • Professor Stefan Neubauer
  • Professor Frances Platt

Sectional Committee 2

Genetics, cellular and developmental biology, microbiology and immunology

  • Professor Margaret Frame(Chair)
  • Professor Philip Beales
  • Professor Antony Carr
  • Professor Anne Cooke
  • Professor Daniel Davis
  • Professor Clare Isacke
  • Professor Andrew Jackson
  • Professor Paul Kaye
  • Professor Laura Machesky
  • Professor Sharon Peacock
  • Professor Eleanor Riley
  • 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 Sussan Nourshargh (Chair)
  • Professor Philip Bath
  • Professor Fiona Gribble
  • Professor Tim Griffiths
  • Professor Leon Lagnado
  • Professor Peter McNaughton
  • Professor Graeme Milligan
  • Professor Richard Morris
  • Professor Barbara Sahakian
  • Dame Pamela Shaw
  • Professor Christoph Thiemermann
  • Professor Julie Williams


Sectional Committee 4

Medical specialties (excluding oncology, neurology) and paediatrics

  • Professor Martin Bennett (Chair)
  • Professor David Adams
  • Professor Richard Cornall
  • Professor Elaine Dzierzak
  • Professor Michael Farthing
  • Professor Andrew Loudon
  • Professor Alejandro Madrigal
  • Professor Kathryn Maitland
  • Professor John McMurray
  • Professor Steven Sacks
  • Professor Ros Smyth
  • Professor Antonio Vidal-Puig
  • Professor Jadwiga Wedzicha


Sectional Committee 5

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

  • Professor Herbie Newell (Chair)
  • Professor Andrew Bradley
  • Professor Mike Curtis
  • Professor Andrew Dick
  • Professor Rosalind Eeles
  • Professor Freddie Hamdy
  • Professor Paul Matthews
  • 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 Anke Ehlers
  • Professor David Gunnell
  • Professor Anthony Holland
  • Professor Peter Jones
  • Professor Neil Pearce
  • 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 Carol Brayne
  • Professor Dame Jessica Corner
  • Sir Andrew Dillon
  • Professor Trisha Greenhalgh
  • Professor Jackie Hunter
  • Professor Bent Jakobsen
  • Professor David Salisbury
  • Professor Sophie Scott
  • Professor Aziz Sheikh
  • Professor Charlotte Watts




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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