Janet Hemingway, the Director of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-sponsored Innovative Vector Control Consortium is one of 44 new Fellows elected by The Royal Society. She joins the ranks of the UK and Commonwealth’s leading scientists, counting herself among early Fellows such as Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. The Royal Society is the UK’s national academy of science. Founded in 1660, the Society is a major provider of independent scientific advice, a learned society and a funding agency. Election to the Fellowship is the highest national scientific honour in the UK.
The School’s Director has achieved a remarkable ‘double’ this year; as earlier this month, she was one of only 16 overseas Fellows inducted into the American National Academy of Sciences, the US equivalent of The Royal Society.
Professor Hemingway commented: ‘It is a great honour to be recognised by both the UK and American National Academies. These awards recognise not only my own contribution to the prevention of diseases such as malaria, but also the increasing importance placed on attempting to reduce the human health burden of these diseases through the design and implementation of better interventions. It is a humbling experience being asked to sign the Fellowship books started by Sir Isaac Newton and Abraham Lincoln in the UK and USA respectively.’
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Notes to Editors
The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is a world leading institution developing new treatments for malaria, TB, HIV and other neglected tropical diseases.
The Innovative Vector Control Consortium is a product development partnership formed in 2005 which has received $100m investment from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.