Professor Peter Friend is one of 50 new Fellows announced today. He joins a group of the UK’s most prominent biomedical and health scientists who have been selected for their exceptional contributions to advancing biomedical science via world-leading research discoveries, running national science communication and engagement programmes and translating scientific advances into benefits for patients and the public.
Professor Friend works on the application of isolated perfusion of abdominal organs in a number of therapeutic areas. In particular, perfusion of the liver with oxygenated blood at normal body temperature allows recovery from damage and extended preservation for transplantation - technology which has now entered clinical practice. In addition, his clinical research portfolio includes novel immunosuppressive strategies, with both early-stage studies and larger-scale multi-centre trials.
Commenting on his success, Professor Friend said: 'I am delighted and feel greatly honoured to have been elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences. I take this as recognition of what I have achieved in partnership with my many research fellows and other colleagues over the years, whose contributions have made all the difference.'
The Academy of Medical Sciences is working to secure a future in which UK and global health is improved by the best research. It aims to ensure that independent, high quality medical science advice informs the decisions that affect society, and more people have a say in the future of health and research.
Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: 'I am delighted to welcome these 50 new Fellows into the Academy’s Fellowship. Each one has made their own outstanding contribution to biomedical science, and together they are advancing the health of our society in the UK and internationally. Their work affects us all, from the way we keep healthy through our lifestyle, to how we are treated if we become ill, to the way we receive information about health.
'Never has there been a more important time to recognise and celebrate the people behind ground-breaking biomedical and health research, working harder than ever to further knowledge and protect patients and the public.
'It brings me great pleasure to congratulate the new Fellows, and see our Fellowship grow to even greater heights of evidence-based advice, leadership and expertise.'
For more information about the Academy of Medical Sciences and this year’s elected Fellows, please see the Academy of Medical Sciences website.