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Two IoPPN Professors elected as new Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Oscar Marín and Professor Oliver Howes from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s have been elected to the prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship.

Professors Oscar Marín & Oliver Howes
Professors Oscar Marín & Oliver Howes

Professors Marín and Howes join 48 other new Fellows (including Professor Lucy Chappell from Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine) who have been 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 the public.

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Professor Oscar Marín

Oscar Marín is Professor of Neurobiology, and Head of Department of Developmental Neurobiology, as well as Director of the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Professor Marín’s work and lab focusses on the development of the cortex in both health and disease, largely focussing on cortical interneurons. The work contributes to understanding the origins or causes of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders such as epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia by looking at how and why the cortex may develop differently in these conditions, offering crucial insights for translation into clinical initiatives.

I am delighted to be elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. This great honour reflects the collective research efforts of the many talented technicians, students, postdocs and fellows I’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. I look forward to working with other Fellows to advance biomedical research and, in particular, to promote the progression of early career researchers through this difficult period. Our society needs their talent, now more than ever– Professor Oscar Marín
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Professor Oliver Howes

Oliver Howes is Professor of Molecular Psychiatry in the Department of Psychosis Studies. His research interests centre on the causes and treatment of affective and psychotic disorders. His recent work has focussed on understanding the role of dopamine and neuroinflammation in the development of psychosis, the effects of antipsychotic drugs, and the causes of cognitive impairments. Professor Howes also continues to conduct clinical work is as a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, where he runs a service for people with psychoses. He is also Programme Leader at the MRC London Institute of Medicine, Imperial College London 

I'm honoured to be selected to join the Academy. The Academy plays an important role in fostering medical research across disciplines. I am pleased to be able to represent psychiatric research in this, particularly when we are all facing challenges from COVID19– Professor Oliver Howes

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. Of the new Fellows, Professor Sir Robert Lechler, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Senior Vice President/Provost (Health) at Kings said:

This year our new Fellows announcement happens amidst a global health crisis. Some will face the challenge of how to continue to lead on some of the most pressing health challenges our society faces beyond coronavirus, such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer. Others have joined the global research effort to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, whether that be through working out how to treat those with the virus, joining efforts to develop a vaccine, or looking to limit the impact of the pandemic more broadly on our physical and mental health… 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

Professors Marin and Howes and the other newly elected Fellows will be formally admitted as Fellows to the Academy of Medical Sciences on 25 June 2020.

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Oscar Marín

Oscar Marín

Professor of Neuroscience

Oliver  Howes

Oliver Howes

Professor of Molecular Psychiatry

Robert Lechler

Robert Lechler

Emeritus Professor