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Sir John Bell

Regius Professor of Medicine University of Oxford

Sir John has been Nuffield Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, since 1992, and was elected Regius Professor of Medicine in 2002. He took up the post of President of the Academy of Medical Sciences in November 2006.

He is a fellow of Magdalen College and is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1975 to 1978 and did his postgraduate work in Oxford and London. He was Clinical Fellow in Immunology at Stanford University from 1982 to 1987. In 1987 he returned to Oxford on a Wellcome Senior Clinical Fellowship in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine.

Sir John has directed research programmes in immunology and genetics that have identified genes involved in diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. He was a cofounder of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford. His administrative responsibilities include the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, the largest biomedical research department in the United Kingdom.