Regional Champions

The Vice President Professor Martin Humphries FMedSci is leading the establishment of a network of Regional Champions for the Academy to build on the already strong sense of collegiality across the Fellowship.

Champions will undertake activities in their area that increase connectivity amongst Fellows, raise awareness of the Academy’s work amongst the broader biomedical community, and facilitate engagement between the Academy and the Fellowship.

We are delighted to announce that the following Fellows have been confirmed as the Academy’s Regional Champions.

If you would like to discuss the scheme further please contact



Professor Jane Norman FMedSci

Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health, University of Edinburgh


North East

Professor Patrick Chinnery FMedSci

Director, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University


North West

Professor Susan Wray FMedSci

Professor of Physiology, University of Liverpool


Yorkshire and Humberside

Professor Peter Grant FMedSci

Professor of Medicine, Honorary Consultant Physician, University of Leeds



Professor Steve Watson FMedSci

BHF Professor, University of Birmingham



Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS FMedSci FLSW

MRC Professor, Chair and Director of the Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University


East Anglia

Professor Gillian Griffiths FRS FMedSci

Director of the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, Professor of Cell Biology and Immunology, University of Cambridge



Professor Frances Balkwill OBE FMedSci

Centre Lead, Centre for Cancer and Inflammation, Barts and The London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry


South East

Professor Stephen Holgate CBE FMedSci

MRC Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology, University of Southampton


South West

Professor Jonathan Slack FMedSci

Professor Emeritus, University of Bath

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