Headshot of Professor Dame Jessica Corner outside Trent Building

July 1, 2021, by Rob Ounsworth

Dame Jessica becomes Registrar at the Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, has been announced as Registrar at the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Dame Jessica will oversee the academy’s fellowship election, which recognises individuals who make exceptional contributions to the medical sciences, either in the form of original discovery or of sustained contributions to scholarship.

The Academy of Medical Sciences is an independent UK body representing the diversity of medical science, with a mission to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society.

Dame Jessica is a specialist NHS cancer nurse and researcher in a field where only one in 1000 nurses have research as part of their NHS role. She is one of only six nurses in the academy fellowship of over 1200 fellows, and previously sat on the wider academy Council between 2018 and 2021.

As one of six Honorary Officers, Dame Jessica will help steer the future direction of the academy. The position serves as a four-year term.

Dame Jessica at an Academy of Medical Sciences ‘open space’ meeting on how Fellows can support women in bioscience

Dame Jessica at an Academy of Medical Sciences ‘open space’ meeting on how Fellows can support women in bioscience

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be assuming the role of Registrar for the Academy of Medical Sciences. It has been a privilege to serve on its Council over the last three years and experience at close range the contribution the academy makes to national agendas and debate.

“In the current global health crisis, the academy’s vital role as an independent champion of medical science is needed now more than ever. The academy can contribute an enormous amount if it fully uses all the minds of the fellowship, as well as continuing to broaden those who participate in the work of the academy.”

Academy President Professor Dame Anne Johnson added: “I am delighted to congratulate Dame Jessica on her appointment as Registrar. We are privileged to have a scientist and nurse of the calibre of Dame Jessica join our core Officers team. Right now is an exciting time for the academy and a critical time for biomedical and health sciences. I am hugely looking forward to working with Dame Jessica throughout my time as President.”

Dame Jessica was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship in 2015. While on Council she supported the academy as one of two Diversity Champions, and helped guide the academy’s largest ever public engagement project.

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