Sir John Bell DM FRS

Dr. Bell is the Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, and Chairman of the Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research.  He recently stepped down as President of the Academy of Medical Sciences (2006-2011).  As a Rhodes Scholar (1975-78), Sir John undertook his medical training in the UK and then went on to Stanford University, returning to the UK in 1987.  His research interests are in the area of autoimmune disease and immunology, where he has contributed to the understanding of immune activation in a range of autoimmune diseases.  In 1993 he founded the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, one of the world’s leading centres for complex trait common disease genetics.  Sir John was responsible for producing the highly influential Academy of Medical Sciences “Strengthening Clinical Research” report, which highlighted the importance of translational research.