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Professor Sir John Bell

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

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. He is a non-executive director of Roche Holding AG, is Chairman of the Gates Foundation Global Health Advisory Board, sits on the board of Genomics England Limited and chairs its Science Advisory Committee.

He was responsible for the working party that produced the Academy of Medical Sciences “Strengthening Clinical Research” report, highlighting 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 David Cameron, Prime Minister.

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