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Professor Sir Michael Rawlins


Professor Sir Michael Rawlins has been chairman of the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) since its formation in 1999. He is also an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

After training at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School where he also began his research career, Sir Michael trained to become a clinical pharmacologist at the Hammersmith Hospital before spending a year as an MRC Travelling Fellow at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He spent much of his career working as consultant physician and consultant clinical pharmacologist to the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust.

In 2012 Professor Rawlins was inaugurated as president of the Royal Society of Medicine and is also a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.


Professor Steve Jones


Steve Jones is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at UCL, where he has been for almost forty years.He is one of the world's top six experts on the population genetics of land snails (and the other five agree) but has also worked on fruit-flies and humans. He has written many popular books on genetics and evolution, including an attempt to update the entire oeuvre of Charles Darwin. His latest, an attempt to re-tell the Bible as if it were a scientific text, will appear in a few weeks!

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