QUB professor elected to prestigious UK medical Fellowship

  • Queen’s University Belfast’s Professor Stuart Elborn is among 50 of the UK’s prominent health scientists elected to The Academy of Medical Sciences’ prestigious Fellowship.

    The new Fellows were chosen for their contributions in advancing biomedical science via world-leading research discoveries and translating scientific advances into benefits for patients and the public.

    Prof Elborn is Pro Vice-Chancellor for QUB’s Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, and has driven major changes in healthcare delivery in the respiratory field.

    The former respiratory consultant has spent decades researching Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and his work has led to major breakthroughs in treating the condition.

    He has successfully developed programmes of research across disciplines, hospitals and universities in Northern Ireland, as well as across the UK and Europe.

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    Prof Elborn said he was honoured to be elected, adding “for many scientists, my research through the decades has been driven from a desire to develop our knowledge of cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis, and my belief in the profound role science and medical research has in improving people’s lives through better treatment.

    "This current pandemic reminds us of how much there is still to discover, and the vital contribution scientific research plays in understanding disease, developing new treatments and helping society work with healthcare professionals to improve outcomes.” 

    Professor Elborn joins many other Fellows from Northern Ireland including the current President and Vice-Chancellor of QUB, Professor Ian Greer.

    He is the first academic from NI to be elected since the previous Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University, the late Professor Patrick Johnston.

    Prior to taking up his current post at the university, Prof Elborn worked in London as a clinical professor and consultant of respiratory medicine. He was also previously Dean of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at QUB.

    In 2013 he received a CBE for services to healthcare in Northern Ireland.

    The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy on 25 June 2020.

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