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Professor Paresh Vyas and Professor Irene Roberts are two of eight Oxford researchers that have been elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship.

The new Fellows have been elected to the Academy in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the advancement of biomedical and health science, cutting edge research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and wider society.

Professor Roberts is an Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Haematology, with a particular interest in developmental haematology and haematological problems of the newborn and early childhood.  She has made major contributions to the pathogenesis of a range of haematological disorders in early life, including the mechanisms by which trisomy 21 perturbs blood stem and progenitor cell function and how this confers susceptibility to leukaemia in children with Down Syndrome.

Professor Vyas is a Professor of Haematology and a Consultant Physician, whose research involves improving understanding of the fundamental biological processes underlying normal and malignant haematopoiesis and translate this to improve patient outcomes through new rational therapies.

Professor Vyas said "I am delighted and honoured to be elected a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences that does so much good work for medicine and science. I have had the privilege of working with immensely talented and wonderful colleagues in the MRC WIMM, in Oxford and elsewhere; and this recognition would not have been possible without them. I also want to acknowledge the vibrant and rewarding environment of the MRC WIMM and Oxford, which makes all of this possible."

Many congratulations to Professors Roberts and Vyas!

Read the full story on the Oxford University website.