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Academy appoints new Registrar

Today we announce the appointment of Professor David Adams FMedSci, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, as the next Registrar of the Academy.

The Registrar upholds the integrity and transparency of the process of election of our Fellowship of leading biomedical and health researchers in the UK. The Registrar also plays an important part in our ongoing work to support the careers of the next generation of researchers.

The role was previously held by Professor Dame Jessica Corner FMedSci who stepped down in October 2022 to become Executive Chair at Research England. David will start with immediate effect and the position is for a four-year term.

As Registrar, David will play a crucial role in ensuring that our Fellowship comprises the most influential scientists in the UK and worldwide and provides an independent, expert voice for biomedical and health research. 

David will oversee strategies to ensure our Fellowship is ‘diverse, relevant and energetic in meeting the needs of the biomedical and health profession and the society we represent’ in keeping with the ambitions in our 10-year vision and strategy ‘Making medical science work for everyone.’

Professor David Adams FMedSci commented:

“I am honoured and delighted to be taking over from Jessica Corner as the Registrar for the Academy and I will try to build on her outstanding contributions since she took on the role in 2021. In the current challenging climate, the ability of the Academy to influence the national health and research agendas is more important than ever. The Academy’s strength comes from its Fellows and as Registrar I hope to oversee a broadening and diversification of the excellence we represent.”

Academy President, Professor Dame Anne Johnson PMedSci, added:

“We are privileged to have Professor David Adams FMedSci take up the role as Registrar. He has a deep understanding of our ambitions and brings a tremendous breadth of experience and energy for the future, to the role. David has contributed immensely to the Academy over the years, particularly in developing and shaping our career development programmes and chairing our Fellowship Sectional Committee. I very much look forward to working with David and our other Officers on building a more open, collaborative, and inclusive biomedical and health research community.”

David was elected to the Academy Fellowship in 2000 and has been involved in the development of several successful Academy careers initiatives, including the mentoring programme for which he chaired the mentoring advisory committee, the Springboard and FLIER schemes, and the Academy of Medical Sciences Professorship scheme. He is familiar with Academy Fellowship governance, having previously served on the Fellowship Election Sectional Committee 4 between 2016-19 before going on to chair the Committee from 2019 until last year. He also previously served on the Academy Council between 2010-13.

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