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Professor Barry Potter

Press Release - 01 May 2008

Academy honour for Bath medicinal chemist

Professor Barry Potter, in the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology at the University of Bath, has been recognised as one of the UK's leading medical researchers by his election to a Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Academy Fellows are elected for outstanding contributions to the advancement of medical science, for innovative application of scientific knowledge and conspicuous service to healthcare.

The Academy’s Fellows are the United Kingdom’s leading medical scientists from hospitals, academia, industry and the public service. Only 40 fellows are elected each year.

The expertise of the new Fellows spans cancer research, medicinal chemistry, developmental biology, stem cell therapy, neuroscience, biomedical engineering and international health.

The Academy promotes advances in medical science and campaigns to ensure these are translated as quickly as possible into healthcare benefits for society.

Professor John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University and President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: “These Fellows enter the Academy at a time when health and medical science issues are high on the public and political agenda.

“Our Fellows demonstrate the wealth of experience and diversity of talent amongst the UK’s research community. Their excellence in medical research plays a pivotal role in determining the future of medical science and the benefits that society will enjoy in years to come.”

Speaking of his election, Professor Potter said: “I am truly delighted to have been honoured in this way. Most of my career has been devoted to basic research on the application of synthetic organic chemistry to its interfaces with biology & medicine.

“I am a passionate believer that basic research is the kind of work that is crucial in providing us with the information that we need to be able to define novel disease targets, from where the discovery and development of drugs can begin. Most of this kind of work is carried out within universities.

“Interdisciplinary science is about bringing many skills to bear on a problem. I’d particularly like to pay tribute to all my close colleagues, past and present, students, postdocs, local and external collaborators, whose hard work and dedication is also recognised through this honour.”

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