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Two academics from the Nuffield Department of Medicine have joined the Royal Society as Fellows.

Professor Peter Horby and Professor Yang Shi

Recognised for their invaluable contributions to science, the elected Fellows are leaders in their fields and have been selected for their substantial contributions to the advancement of science in various fields. More than 90 exceptional researchers from across the world have this year been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences. The two newly elected Fellows from NDM are:

Sir Peter Horby Kt FMedSci FRS, Moh Family Foundation Professor of Emerging Infections and Global Health and Director of the Pandemic Sciences Institute. Professor Horby said: ‘I feel enormously privileged to join the eminent, and somewhat jaw-dropping, roll call of Royal Society Fellows. It gives me great satisfaction to know that the work my collaborators and I have done is considered to have benefited society in tangible ways.’

Professor Yang Shi FRS, Professor of Epigenetics and Member at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. Professor Shi said: 'I am delighted to receive this honour from the Royal Society. I am grateful for the help and support I have received from my mentors and colleagues throughout my career. My appreciation also goes to the Harvard Medical School where I began my independent research career, to the Boston Children’s Hospital where I spent the last 10 years or so before moving to UK, and to the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at University of Oxford where I am continuing my research journey with a stronger focus on cancer. As always, the biggest thanks must go to my wonderful students, postdoctoral fellows, and research assistants/lab managers, past and present. This honour is for them.'

Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society, said: ‘I am pleased to welcome such an outstanding group into the Fellowship of the Royal Society. ‘This new cohort have already made significant contributions to our understanding of the world around us and continue to push the boundaries of possibility in academic research and industry. From visualising the sharp rise in global temperatures since the industrial revolution to leading the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, their diverse range of expertise is furthering human understanding and helping to address some of our greatest challenges. It is an honour to have them join the Fellowship.’

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