UK DRI researcher elected to prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences fellowship

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We are thrilled to announce that Prof Tara Spires-Jones (UK DRI at Edinburgh) has today been elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship.

Prof Spires-Jones is one of 58 exceptional biomedical and health scientists chosen from a pool of 365 candidates. The new Fellows have been recognised for their remarkable contributions to advancing biomedical and health sciences, ground-breaking research discoveries and translating developments into benefits for patients and wider society.

It is an honour to be elected to this prestigious fellowship. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the Academy of Medical Sciences in improving our sector working towards a collaborative, inclusive, sustainable, and rigorous research environment that will push us closer to life changing treatments for dementias and other conditions. Prof Tara Spires-Jones, UK DRI at Edinburgh
Tara Website

An expert in synapse degeneration, Prof Spires-Jones is President of the British Neuroscience Association and Deputy Director of the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, alongside her Group Leader position at the UK DRI. Prof Spires-Jones’ research focuses on the mechanisms and reversibility of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease, other degenerative brain diseases, and ageing.

In addition to her research, Prof Spires-Jones is passionate about communicating scientific findings to the public and policy makers; increasing the rigour and reproducibility in translational neuroscience; promoting inclusivity and diversity in science; and supporting career development of neuroscientists.

Professor Andrew Morris PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said:

“It is an honour to welcome these brilliant minds to our Fellowship. Our new Fellows lead pioneering work in biomedical research and are driving remarkable improvements in healthcare. We look forward to working with them, and learning from them, in our quest to foster an open and progressive research environment that improves the health of people everywhere through excellence in medical science.

Prof Siddharthan Chandran, UK DRI Director, said:

“I am thrilled that Prof Spires-Jones has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. This prestigious recognition is testament to her outstanding contributions to the field. Congratulations Tara, for this well-deserved honour.”

To find out more about Prof Tara Spires-Jones's research, visit her UK DRI profile. The full list of recipients of this year’s Fellowships is available on the Academy of Medical Science’s website.

Article published: 21 May 2024
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