Biographies for speakers and chairs: FPM Centenary Conference – 7th December 2018


Professor Peter Barnes
Professor Peter Barnes DM, DSc, FRCP, FCCP, FMedSci, FRS is Margaret-Turner Warwick Professor of Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant Physician at Royal Brompton Hospital, London. He qualified at Cambridge and Oxford Universities (first class honours) and was appointed to his present post in 1987. He has published >1000 peer-review papers on asthma, COPD and related topics (h-index 165, cited >120,000 times) and has written or edited over 50 books. He is in the top 20 most highly cited researchers the world and the most highly cited respiratory researcher in the world over the last 30 years. He was a founding fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007, the first respiratory researcher for over 150 years. He was elected Master FCCP in 2012 and member of the Academia Europeae in 2011. He served as President of the European Respiratory Society in 2013/2014.

Professor CD Byrne
Professor Byrne is Professor of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK. Professor Byrne trained as a clinical scientist in the UK and the US, at Cardiff, Cambridge and Stanford Universities and undertook a PhD studying liver lipid metabolism at Cambridge University. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University and then an MRC fellowship at Cambridge University, Prof Byrne was appointed in 1999 to the Chair of Endocrinology & Metabolism at the University of Southampton and was inaugural Director of the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at Southampton until 2004. Prof Byrne is currently Principal Investigator within the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, has published ~300 publications related to metabolic syndrome and NAFLD, was a former recipient of the Dorothy Hodgkin prize for research excellence related to diabetes, and was the expert diabetologist advisor to the NICE NAFLD Guidelines.

Professor Bernard Cheung
Bernard Cheung went to Sevenoaks School and graduated from the University of Cambridge. He was a British Heart Foundation Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge before taking up lectureships in Sheffield and Hong Kong. In 2007-2009, he held the chair in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Birmingham. He heads the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Department of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong. He is an Honorary Consultant Physician of Queen Mary Hospital and the Medical Director of the Phase 1 Clinical Trials Centre. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Postgraduate Medical Journal. Prof Cheung’s main research interest is in cardiovascular diseases and risk factors, including hypertension and the metabolic syndrome.

Prof Jamie Coleman
Professor Jamie Coleman MBChB, MA (Med Ed), MD, FCRP (UK), FBPhS, FFPM(Hon) is Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Education at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is Associate Editor for the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Jamie enjoys a wide range of educational and research responsibilities in the UK. Jamie is Programme Director of Physician Associate studies and final year academic lead on the medical programme at the University of Birmingham. Clinically, he works at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust where he is Honorary Consultant Physician and Associate Medical Director for Medicines Management over four hospital sites.
Jamie is Director of the Yellow Card Centre West Midlands, one of the regional centres of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). As a recognised National and International expert in electronic prescribing and drug safety, he also inputs to national strategy in digital medicines management and is co-Principal Investigator on a large Research Programme investigating ePrescribing effects on medication safety in England. Other responsibilities include chairing the UK National Specialty Advisory Committee for doctors training in Clinical Pharmacology and providing expertise to several expert advisory groups and licensing committee meetings at the MHRA.

Professor Dame Jane Dacre
Dame Jane Dacre DBE, MD, FRCP is a consultant rheumatologist and Professor of Medical Education. She is the immediate past president of the RCP and was vice chair of the AoMRC, Director of UCL Medical School, MD of MRCPUK and academic VP of the RCP. She is the lead for the DHSC independent review into the gender pay gap in medicine, and the President of the Medical Protection Society.
She won the medicine and healthcare category 2012 of Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award; was named on the HSJ inaugural list of 50 inspirational women in healthcare in 2013; was named in the science and medicine category for people of influence Debrett’s 500 in 2015, 2016 and 2017; and was named on the HSJ top 100 list from 2014 to 2017.

Mr Wade Dimitri
Wade Dimitri FRCS is a cardiac surgeon. He is a member of several Cardiac Surgical Societies including The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (USA), Scottish Cardiac Society, The Egyptian Society Of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and an Honorary fellow of The Indian Society Of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons. Since retiring from active clinical work, he has increased his involvement with overseas training, teaching cardiac surgeons as well as operating. He went to De La Salle school in Alexandria, Egypt and graduated from Alexandria University Medical School in 1969 with an Honours degree. His entire postgraduate training was acquired in the UK. This included several rotational posts in Cardiac Surgery in major London Teaching Hospitals leading to his appointment as Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Glasgow then NHS Consultant at the University Hospital in Coventry. He is Honorary  Treasurer of the FPM.

Jane Draycott
Jane Draycott is a poet whose most recent collections from Carcanet Press are The Occupant (a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, 2016), Over(shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize 2009) and her 2011 prize-winning translation of one of the treasures of the British Library, Pearl, a medieval dream-elegy for an infant girl. A recipient of the Keats Shelley Prize for Poetry and nominated three times for the Forward Prizes for Poetry, she was Writer in Residence in Amsterdam 2013 and winner of the 2014 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Her new collection of translations, Storms Under the Skin: Selected Poems of Henri Michaux (1927-1954) is a PBS Recommended Translation (Two Rivers Press 2017). She is Senior Associate Tutor on Oxford University’s MSt in Creative Writing and teaches also on postgraduate writing programmes at Lancaster University. [Photo of Jane Draycott by Jemima Kuhfeld]

Dr Jan Willem Elte
Jan Willem F Elte MD PhD FRCP FACP FEFIM (Hon.) was internist-endocrinologist in the Sint Franciscus Gasthuis, Rotterdam 1987-2011 (Deputy Head of Training 1991-2006) and former Treasurer of the NIV (Neth.Ass.Int.Med.), AEMI (also President of Young AEMIE) and EFIM. He was a Member of the European Board of Endocrinology and Secretary General of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM). Now he is Secretary General of the Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe. Besides he is co-director of the European School of Internal Medicine 2017-2019. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), the American College of Physicians (FACP), the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine (London) and EFIM (hon). He is (co-) author and editor of publications and books on thyroid, diabetes, obesity and differential diagnosis. At his retirement in 2011 he was knighted and became Honorary Member of the NIV. He is also Honorary Member of the Romanian Society of Internal Medicine and Foreign Honorary Member of the Russian Society of Internal Medicine.

Professor Albert Ferro
Professor Albert Ferro is a Clinical Pharmacologist at King’s London. His research has focused primarily on understanding vascular endothelial and platelet function, with particular reference to the L-arginine / nitric oxide system, both in health and in patients with cardiovascular disease states. He is ex-Vice-President (2005-2007) of the British Pharmacological Society (Clinical Section) and was Chair of the London Hypertension Society between 2005 and 2009, of which he remains a committee member.

Wendy French
Wendy French has two chapbooks and three collections of poetry published, Splintering the Dark, Rockingham Press 2005, surely you know this, Tall Lighthouse Press 2009 and Thinks Itself A Hawk, Hippocrates Press 2016, Her collaboration with Jane Kirwan resulted in the book Born in the NHS, published 2013 by Hippocrates Press. She won the Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine prize for the NHS section in 2010 and was awarded second prize in 2011. Head of the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospital School for fifteen years, she ran an arts-based curriculum in the belief that creativity can help reduce children’s anxieties and help them towards a better understanding of their problems. She now works in healthcare settings and schools helping adults and children to unlock their creativity. She was Poet in Residence at the UCH Macmillan Centre from April 2015-2016.

Professor Michael Hulse
Described by Gwyneth Lewis as “a formidable poet”, Michael Hulse is a key figure in contemporary poetry. He has won numerous awards for his poetry, and has translated more than sixty books from the German, among them works by W. G. Sebald, Goethe and Rilke. Reading tours have taken him to Canada, the US and Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, India, and several European countries – his audience for his solo event at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2012 numbered 700. Michael has worked in publishing, television and universities, and currently teaches poetry and comparative literature at the University of Warwick. His co-edited anthology The Twentieth Century in Poetry was a poetry bestseller, and his most recent collection of poems, Half-Life, was chosen as a Book of the Year by John Kinsella. He co-founded the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine with Professor Donald Singer in 2009.

Professor Tom Kirkwood
Professor Tom Kirkwood CBE, FMedSci, FRCP Edin is Professor Emeritus at Newcastle University, where he directed the Institute for Ageing and Health and later served as Associate Dean for Ageing. He also holds a part-time chair at the University of Copenhagen. He has led major programmes of research on the mechanisms of ageing and on the complex factors influencing trajectories of health in old age, including the Newcastle 85+ Study. He has advised national and international organisations and contributed extensively to shaping public debate on ageing. His books include the award-winning ‘Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Ageing’, ‘Chance, Development and Ageing’ (with Caleb Finch), ‘The End of Age’ based on his 2001 BBC Reith Lectures, and ‘An Age of Wonders: the Story of the Newcastle 85+ Study’ (with Gordon Morris).

Professor Sanjeev Krishna
Sanjeev Krishna is Professor of Molecular Parasitology and Medicine at St George’s University of London. He completed medical degrees at Cambridge and Oxford, and studied malaria in Thailand. A former Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science, he joined St George’s in 2000. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2004 and awarded an ScD by the University of Cambridge in 2007.
Professor Krishna maintains a wide-ranging programme of research spanning basic research into the function of Plasmodium transporters and their value as drug targets. He has identified mechanisms of drug resistance and novel diagnostic approaches for parasitic and other infections. Clinical studies have improved treatments for malaria by simplifying regimens and validating different routes for administration. He has studied the emergent infection caused by P. knowlesi in Malaysian Borneo.

Dr Geoffrey Lloyd
Dr Geoffrey Lloyd MA, MD, MPhil, FRCP (Lond), FRCP (Edin), FRCPsych was formerly Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust. His other previous positions include Chairman, Liaison Psychiatry Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists; President, Section of Psychiatry, Royal Society of Medicine; Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee and Associate Medical Director, Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust; and Editor, Journal of Psychosomatic Research. He was the Senior Editor of the Handbook of Liaison Psychiatry. Dr Lloyd was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and trained at Westminster Medical School, London and at the Institute of Psychiatry, London

Professor Una Martin
Una Martin is Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Birmingham. She leads the Hypertension Service at University Hospital Birmingham and is Vice-President (President elect) of the British and Irish Hypertension Society.

Dr Tim Nicholson
Dr Tim Nicholson is a NIHR Clinician Scientist fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London and honorary consultant in Neuropsychiatry at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. His main clinical and research interests are in functional neurological (conversion) disorder (FND) and the organic causes of psychopathology, particularly via autoimmune mechanisms. He is currently investigating Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a potential treatment for FND causing limb paralysis. He is Honorary Secretary of the FPM.

Dr Paul Nunn
Following a BA in Physiological Sciences from Oxford University, Dr Nunn MA, FRCP qualified MB BS from University College Hospital, London in 1977. After training as a registrar in respiratory medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, he became Specialist Physician at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Banjul, The Gambia. A lectureship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine followed during which Dr Nunn spent three years studying the interactions of HIV and tuberculosis in Nairobi, Kenya. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991, joining the Global Tuberculosis Programme at the World Health Organization in Geneva in 1992. He worked on operational research and the development of the DOTS strategy for control of tuberculosis in low-income countries, going on to develop international policy in the management of HIV-associated TB, multi-drug resistance, and infection control. He has written a number of papers mainly on tuberculosis for peer-reviewed publications.

Since retiring from WHO in 2012, Dr Nunn has helped several countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle-East to review their national TB programmes, enhance their strategies to control tuberculosis, and raise funds from development agencies. He has also worked on strategy development in tuberculosis-related areas with the Global Fund, non-governmental organizations and a pharmaceutical company. He is currently Director of a consultancy addressing infectious diseases.

Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed
Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed is David Weatherall Chair in Medicine at the University of Liverpool, and a Consultant Physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He is Director of the MRC Centre for Drug Safety Sciences, and Director of the Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine.   He is also an inaugural NIHR Senior Investigator, and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK. He has authored over 450 peer-reviewed publications, and has an H-index of 92 (Google Scholar). His research focuses on genomic and non-genomic technologies that can be developed and used to progress the field of personalized medicine in an evidence-based, cost-effective and equitable manner. Given his background in clinical pharmacology, most of his research focuses on the use of medicines with the aim of improving their efficacy and minimizing their toxicity, thereby optimizing their harm-benefit ratio.

Associate Professor Ken Redekop
Ken Redekop is an associate professor at the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management at Erasmus University (Rotterdam, The Netherlands). Ken is also Editor-in-Chief of Health Policy and Technology, a journal that primarily focusses on the policy implications of new and existing health technologies. Ken has worked in health technology assessment, health services research, observational research and clinical trials for more than 25 years and has co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles. Many of his recent projects have involved the assessment of innovative medical devices and diagnostic tests in various stages of development, using data from randomised controlled trials, observational studies and computer modelling. Current examples include four EU-funded Horizon 2020 projects that aim to translate new ideas about prognostic and predictive biomarkers, big data analytics and drug delivery into viable products and services that can improve health as well as healthcare efficiency.

Professor Anthony Rudd
Tony Rudd is a Stroke Consultant at St Thomas’ Hospital, the National Clinical Director for Stroke with NHS England and the London Stroke Clinical Director. He is Professor of Stroke Medicine at Kings College London and chairs the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party which has been responsible for developing the National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke and running the National Sentinel Stroke Audit programme. His research interests are stroke rehabilitation, organisation of care and quality improvement and he has over 300 peer reviewed publications. He is a past president of the British Association of Stroke Physicians and is Hon Vice President of the Stroke Association. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2013.

Professor Donald Singer
Donald Singer is President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, which publishes the Postgraduate Medical Journal (founded 1925) and Health Policy and Technology (founded 2012). He is a Clinical Pharmacologist interested in new approaches to personalising medicine and in public understanding of health and drugs. He is a member of the panel of experts of the European Medicines Agency. A member since 2013 of the Healthcare Professionals’ Working Party of the European Medicines Agency, he is involved in current EMA projects on minimizing risk from medicines. International consultancy includes advice on clinical pharmacology and safety systems for medicines as a Yale School of Medicine Faculty member within the 7 year Human Resources for Health US-AID and CDC supported programme in Rwanda.
He is a member Executive Committee of the European Association of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics which supports scientific and educational exchange for over 4000 clinical pharmacologists from 34 countries. He was previously a member of the Council of the British Pharmacological Society and Panel Member of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme. He co-founded the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine with Professor Michael Hulse in 2009.

Professor Allister Vale
Professor Allister Vale is consultant clinical pharmacologist and toxicologist and former Director of the National Poisons Information Service (Birmingham Unit) and the West Midlands Poisons Unit, City Hospital, Birmingham, UK. He holds a professorial appointment in the University of Birmingham. He has served as President of the British Toxicology Society, of the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists and of the Clinical and Translational Toxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. He has also been a Trustee of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology for six years and was awarded the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, the only non-North American to be so honoured. He is a former Medical Director of the MRCP(UK) Examination and a Censor of the Royal College of Physicians.

Professor Sir Simon Wessely
Professor Sir Simon Wessely is Professor of Psychological Medicine and Regius Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London and a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College and the Maudsley Hospitals. Simon Wessely studied medicine and history of art at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and finished his medical training at University College Oxford, graduating in 1981. He obtained his medical membership in Newcastle, before moving to London to train in psychiatry at the Maudsley. He has a Master’s and Doctorate in epidemiology. He is a Foundation Senior Investigator of the National Institute for Health Research, past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, current President of the Royal Society of Medicine and is also chairing the Independent Review into the Mental Health Act.
He has over 750 original publications, with an emphasis on the boundaries of medicine and psychiatry, unexplained symptoms and syndromes, population reactions to adversity, military health, epidemiology and others.  He founded the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, which is now the main source of information on the health and well-being of the UK Armed Forces past and present and has been Civilian Consultant Advisor in Psychiatry to the British Army since 2001, He has co-authored books on chronic fatigue syndrome, randomised controlled trials and a history of military psychiatry, although sadly none of them are best sellers.
He is active in public engagement activities, speaking regularly on radio, TV and at literary and science festivals. He is a trustee of Combat Stress and his contributions to veterans’ charities include cycling (slowly) eight times to Paris to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.