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14 May 2020

Professor Lucy Chappell elected as Fellow to Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Lucy Chappell, NIHR Research Professor in Obstetrics, based in the Department of Women and Children’s Health, within the School of Life Course Sciences, has just become a new 2020 Fellow of the highly prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences.


Each year, the Academy of Medical Sciences elects 50 of the UK’s most prominent biomedical and health scientists to their Fellowship. They are chosen for their exceptional contributions to advancing biomedical science via world-leading research discoveries, running national science communication and engagement programmes and translating scientific advances into benefits for patients and public alike.

I am delighted to welcome these new Fellows into the Academy’s Fellowship. Each one has made their own outstanding contribution to biomedical science and together they are advancing the health of our society in the UK and internationally.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Chappell runs a research programme investigating prediction and prevention of adverse pregnancy outcomes, particularly in woman with pre-existing co-morbidities such as chronic hypertension and chronic kidney disease, using randomised controlled trials and observational studies. She is also the President of Blair Bell Research Society, an academic editor for PLoS Medicin journal, an active member of both the NIHR HTA Clinical Evaluation and Trials Board and the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy council.

I am delighted to have been elected as a Fellow. I have worked in pregnancy research for some years, aiming to make a difference to the care and outcomes for pregnant women and their families across the UK and further afield. This Fellowship reflects the thriving team science in which I am a proud to play a part. I hope to continue to harness these collaborations, both to tackle the current problem of COVID-19, and more broadly to address the many unanswered research questions for pregnant women.

Professor Lucy Chappell, NIHR Research Professor in Obstetrics, School of Life Course Sciences

Never has there been a more important time to recognise and celebrate the people behind ground-breaking biomedical and health research, working harder than ever to further knowledge and protect patients and the public.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences

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Lucy Chappell

NIHR Research Professor in Obstetrics