Professor Joanne Webster awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences

11 May 2022

Professor Joanne Webster, Director of the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research, Chair of Parasitic Diseases at the Royal Veterinary College, and Professor of Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London, has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) for her exceptional contributions to the advancement of biomedical and health research, combining fundamental research with direct disease control activities across both humans and animals.

Nominated by existing Fellows and reviewed by eight Sectional Committees, the FMedSci shortlist is extensively reviewed, with Professor Webster one of 60 fellows elected in 2022.

“I am truly honoured and humbled to have been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences – FMedSci – such a prestigious award for medical scientists, across both human clinical and veterinary medicine. I feel this is undoubtedly one of the proudest moments, achievements and indeed recognitions in my career to date – and I could not be happier.”

“The Covid-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated the global impact of zoonotic diseases, and the importance of a One Health approach to help mitigate against this. It is a true honour and delight that the Academy of Medical Sciences has clearly placed such comparable recognition upon these ‘tropical diseases of the poor,’ and how multidisciplinary disease control and research activities can help us together to achieve those critical targets in terms of the world sustainable development goals and more, both now and in the future.

“I will be forever grateful to all the wonderful and inspirational colleagues, group members, students and beyond who helped get me here.”

Professor Webster is the second consecutive Director of the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research to be awarded this prestigious fellowship.