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Professor Sir John Bell FMedSci HonFREng FRS

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“It’s very difficult to see how we can continue the same paradigm of health care with its dramatically rising costs and the relatively inefficient application of costly new therapies across large populations when they give only modest benefits.”

Professor Sir John Bell FRS is Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, and Chairman of the Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research.  He recently stepped down as President of the Academy of Medical Sciences (2006-2011).

As a Rhodes Scholar (1975-78), Sir John undertook his medical training in the UK and then went on to Stanford University, returning to the UK in 1987.  His research interests are in the area of autoimmune disease and immunology where he has contributed to the understanding of immune activation in a range of autoimmune diseases.  In 1993, he founded the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, one of the world’s leading centres for complex trait common disease genetics.

Sir John was responsible for the working party that produced the highly influential Academy of Medical Sciences “Strengthening Clinical Research” report that highlighted the need for the UK to focus some of its attention on developing expertise in translational research.

In December 2011, Sir John was appointed one of two UK Life Sciences Champions by the Prime Minister.