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12 May 2021

Professor Thalia Eley elected as Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Eley is one of 50 new Fellows to be elected to the prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Thalia Eley

Professor Thalia Eley joins 49 other prominent biomedical and health scientists (including Professor Mauro Giacca from the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine) elected as new Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences. The new Fellows were selected for their exceptional contributions to the advancement of medical science through innovative research discoveries and translating scientific developments into benefits for patients and the wider society.

Thalia Eley is Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics at the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre. She runs the Emotional Development Intervention and Treatment Lab (EDIT Lab), and is particularly interested in understanding predictors of the development and treatment of anxiety and depression. She has led several large studies, and currently co-leads the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study, the largest ever single study of anxiety and depression, and is Director of the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS), which is the largest longitudinal twin birth cohort in the UK.

I am really honoured and delighted to become a Fellow of the Academy. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with other Fellows across the Medical Sciences. I hope to support work promoting earlier and better intervention for those with common mental health problems

Professor Thalia Eley

Professor Eley has written over 200 empirical papers and received numerous awards including the Spearman Medal from the British Psychological Society, the Lilly-Molecular Psychiatry Award, and the James Shields Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Twin Studies.

The Academy of Medical Sciences are the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science, with a mission is to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society.

I am truly delighted to welcome these 50 new Fellows to the Academy’s Fellowship, and I offer my congratulations to each of them on their exceptional contribution to biomedical and health science. The knowledge, skill and influence that each brings to the Fellowship is the Academy’s most powerful asset

Professor Dame Anne Johnson PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences

The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy on 1 July 2021.

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Thalia Eley

Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics