Academy announces new Vice President

We are delighted to announce the election of Professor Tom Solomon CBE FMedSci to the position of Vice President (International) today [Thursday 21 October 2021].

Professor Tom Solomon CBE FMedSci is a Professor of Neurology and Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections at the University of Liverpool.

In the role Tom will focus on strengthening The Academy’s partnerships with lower and middle incomes countries, global scientific powers and European partners, to promote biomedical and health research. He will sit as one of six Honorary Officers, the Academy’s key decision-making group, central to steering the future direction of the organisation. The position serves as a four-year term.

In Tom’s role at the National Institute for Health Research he has spearheaded part of the UK’s research response to Ebola, Zika and more recently COVID-19. He was elected to the Academy’s Fellowship this year [2021], recognising his instrumental work in developing strategies to reduce the global burden of emerging and neurological infections.

Professor Tom Solomon CBE FMedSci comments:

“I am thrilled to be taking on this crucial role and join the Academy’s Honorary Officers. Despite only joining the Fellowship this year, I have followed the Academy’s work for many years and have been impressed by its international influence. The importance of international collaboration and partnerships has been brought to the fore by COVID-19, and the Academy’s vital role in securing cooperation and engagement to help address challenges such as this pandemic and beyond, has never been needed more.

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to work alongside the Academy’s President, Professor Dame Anne Johnson, as well as the Academy's Council, Officers and the wider Fellowship to deliver the new international strategy.”

Academy President, Professor Dame Anne Johnson PMedSci, added:

“I am delighted to congratulate Professor Tom Solomon FMedSci on his appointment as Vice President (International). Tom is a distinguished researcher of emerging global neurological infections and has worked with institutions around the world, providing advice to the World Health Organisation, as well as the USA and UK Governments, to contribute to the improvement of global health. He joins at an exciting time, as The Academy looks to expand its non-ODA funded international portfolio and expand our EU engagement. I am looking forward to working with Tom throughout my time as President, to create a clearer global voice for science.

“I would also like to greatly thank Professor Frances Brodsky FMedSci, who has served as Interim Vice President (International) over the past year. Frances picked up the international portfolio at short-notice and has made significant contributions to the development of the international strategy, as well as playing an instrumental role in our Climate Change and Health project.”

Tom will take up his position as Vice President (International) with effect from the Academy’s Annual General Meeting on 7 December 2021.

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