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Academy recognition

09 May 2011

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Two Cardiff academics have been elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Vincenzo Crunelli, Cardiff School of Biosciences and Professor Anita Thapar, School of Medicine join 40 Academy Fellows elected this year for "outstanding contributions to the advancement of medical science, for innovative approaches to scientific knowledge or conspicuous service to healthcare".

Professor Thapar is one of the UK’s leading clinical figures in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Her research has focused on the origins and development of child and adolescent psychopathology/psychiatric disorders and clinical work involves running a second opinion clinic for children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, with and without Intellectual Disability, and major mental health disorders.

Over the last 30 years Professor Vincenzo Crunelli’s research has focussed on understanding the mechanisms underlying two interconnected brain areas (the thalamus and cortex) during the sleep-wake cycle and in absence epilepsy, a neurological disease that mainly affects children and teenagers. Professor Crunelli’s research has offered potential targets for novel therapeutic interventions in this epileptic disorder.

This year, he has been invited to deliver the prestigious Killam Lecture for Epilepsy at the Montreal Neurological Institute in Canada, one of the world’s leading institution for epilepsy research. He has published over 120 research papers, has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuroscience Methods for the last 12 years, and is an Editor of numerous neuroscience journals.

Professor Sir John Bell, FRS, HonFREng, PMediSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: "These new Fellows demonstrate the amazing talent present in the UK biomedical community. Thanks to these exceptional individuals the UK is home to some of the best medical science in the world.

"I am delighted that the Academy can recognise the vital role that each one of them has played in delivering health and wealth benefits to the UK and beyond. Their work has ensured scientific discoveries make rapid progress from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside and I look forward to working with them."

The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at a ceremony in June.

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