Accelerating the translational medicine cycle: the Academia Europaea pilot

Accelerating the translational medicine cycle: the Academia Europaea pilot


Nature Medicine, a top research journal devoted to publishing the latest advances in translational and clinical research for scientists and physicians, has published an article by Professor Péter Hegyi MAE and colleagues.

The article titled ‘Accelerating the translational medicine cycle: the Academia Europaea pilot’ explores the need for improvement in implementing scientific results in healthcare. In the article, Hegyi, P., Erőss, B., Izbéki, F. et al. introduce a new Translational Medicine (TM) model that facilitates and accelerates the application of scientific knowledge for community benefit.

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Ten MAEs elected to the British Academy

Ten MAEs elected to the British Academy


The British Academy has announced that 84 new Fellows have been elected to their Fellowship, including ten members of Academia Europaea.

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The new Fellows have been recognised for “their outstanding contributions to the SHAPE subjects – the social sciences, humanities and the arts.”

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Academia Europaea welcomes two new members in Wales

Academia Europaea welcomes two new members in Wales


Professor Simon Arnett Jones of Cardiff University and Professor Guo-Ping Liu of the University of South Wales are among the newly elected scholars for 2021.

Academia Europaea’s Board of Trustees has announced that 366 international scholars have been elected to the membership, following a rigorous peer review process. AE Cardiff is delighted that Professor Simon Arnett Jones of Cardiff University and Professor Guo-Ping Liu of the University of South Wales, are joining the growing number of MAEs in Wales.  

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International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) welcomes Ole Petersen to their Fellowship

International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) welcomes Ole Petersen to their Fellowship


Vice President of Academia Europaea and Cardiff Hub Director, Professor Ole Petersen, has been elected Fellow of IUPS and become an inaugural member of the IUPS Academy of Physiology.




The Fellowship has acknowledged Professor Petersen’s sustained contributions to scholarship in physiology and his distinguished career. Professor Petersen was one of the 30 elected Fellows to IUPS. In addition to Professor Petersen, seven of the inaugural Fellows are also Members of Academia Europaea:

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Sir Roger Penrose awarded Academia Europaea’s Erasmus Medal for 2021

Sir Roger Penrose awarded Academia Europaea’s Erasmus Medal for 2021


Academia Europaea has awarded its Erasmus Medal to internationally renowned mathematician and physicist and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Oxford University, Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS MAE

About the Erasmus Medal

The Erasmus Medal is awarded to a scholar who has maintained, over a sustained period, the highest level of international scholarship. The medallist is invited to give the annual Erasmus Lecture during the opening session of the Annual Meeting of the Academia. Sir Roger will give his (virtual) Erasmus Lecture, sponsored by Heinz Nixdorf Stiftung, on Thursday 21st October, 2021. The laudation will be given by Astronomer Royal Professor Martin Rees, The Lord Rees of Ludlow, OM, FRS, FREng, FMedSci, FBA (Hon).

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Professor Dianne Edwards MAE wins Frances Hoggan Medal 2021

Professor Dianne Edwards MAE wins Frances Hoggan Medal 2021


The Learned Society of Wales has announced that Professor Dianne Edwards MAE, highly respected member of AE Cardiff’s Steering Group, has won the Frances Hoggan Medal 2021

On 19th May, the Learned Society of Wales announced six new medallists in recognition of outstanding research and scholarship in Wales. Among those listed, Professor Dianne Edwards CBE FRS MAE FLSW, Distinguished Research Professor in Palaeobotany at Cardiff University, has been awarded this year’s Frances Hoggan Medal which celebrates outstanding research by women in STEMM subjects. Professor Edwards has been awarded “for her research into plant species, including those that existed over 400m years ago.”

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Professor Donald Dingwell MAE elected to the Royal Society

Professor Donald Dingwell MAE elected to the Royal Society



The Royal Society has announced that Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor, Donald Dingwell, has been elected to their Fellowship

Professor Donald Dingwell, Research Professor and Chair, LMU, Munich

On 6th May, the Royal Society announced that that more than 60 exceptional scientists have been elected as Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society. Donald Dingwell OC FRS MAE, Research Professor and Chair at LMU, Munich, was among those recognised for their achievements.

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Webinar on ‘New perspectives on COVID-19’

Webinar on ‘New perspectives on COVID-19’


This webinar, hosted by Cardiff University on 26th January 2021, saw 6 presentations by Members of Academia Europaea, who have all recently published papers on various biomedical aspects of COVID-19. Over 100 attended the live session from 27 countries across the world.

The presentations addressed a wide range of issues, including the genetics of the disease, how the virus enters cells, a focus on the vulnerable lipid envelope of the virus, how to explain the mysterious silent hypoxemia that gives rise to uncompensated low oxygen levels in the blood, a new ion channel target in the airways and how to understand the psychiatric aspects of COVID-19. The short presentations were followed by a discussion session. The webinar was moderated by the Hub’s Director, Professor Ole Petersen.

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New treatment to protect patients from severe COVID-19 is being tested in the UK

New treatment to protect patients from severe COVID-19 is being tested in the UK


Sir Stephen Holgate MAE leads the research group at the University of Southampton where the new treatment has been developed. 


Interferon beta (IFNb) is a naturally occurring protein that orchestrates the body’s antiviral responses. Respiratory viruses, including coronavirus have developed a mechanism to suppress IFNb production by the lung, helping the virus to escape the immune response and thereby putting patients at risk of severe lung disease. 

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