Jugnoo Rahi, RCOphth Chair Academic Sub-committee, elected as Fellow to The Academy of Medical Sciences

  • 08 Jun 2023
  • Communications Team

The Academy of Medical Sciences has elected 59 influential biomedical and health scientists to its respected Fellowship this month.

The new Fellows have been elected to the Academy in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the advancement of biomedical and health science, cutting edge research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and wider society.

Fellows are drawn from institutions across the UK and their breadth of expertise ranges from molecular imaging to biostatistics to public health policy. They join a prestigious Fellowship of 1,400 esteemed researchers who are central to the Academy’s work. This includes providing career support to the next generation of researchers and contributing to the Academy’s influential policy work to improve health in the UK and globally.

Jugnoo Rahi, RCOphth Chair Academic Sub-committee, joins 12 other Fellows working within ophthalmology and vision sciences who have been elected since the Academy was founded 25 years ago. As well as being the first female ophthalmologist to be elected a Fellow, she is the first to be both a paediatric ophthalmologist and epidemiologist. Her election extends and complements current expertise and representation of ophthalmology and vision sciences in the Academy as it delivers its new ten-year strategy ‘Making medical science work for everyone’ research’.

Jugnoo is delighted and honoured to be elected and said, ‘It is a personal honour to be elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences of course, but really this recognises the work of current and past members of our multi-disciplinary Vision and Eyes research group based at the GOS Institute of Child Health UCL. Our research has always benefited from the expertise of scientific colleagues at UCL and around the world, our clinical collaborators throughout the UK and overseas and the generous participation of children, young people and families as experts by experience. I hope to be able to use this opportunity to raise the profile of paediatric ophthalmology and population health sciences and to support the Academy’s mission to improve representation in medical academia’.

The Academy of Medical Sciences announcement