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Congratulations to Professor Alastair Compston on his election to the Institute of Medicine.

Cambridge Neuroscience would like to extend its sincere congratulations to Professor Alastair Compston on his election to the Institute of Medicine.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) announced on October 16th the names of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates during its 42nd annual meeting. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honours in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Professor Alastair Compston (pictured right) is Professor of Neurology, Head of Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Co-chairman of Cambridge Neuroscience. Alastair’s research focuses on the clinical science of human demyelinating disease with contributions to genetic epidemiology, immunology and neurobiology, and treatment and repair of multiple sclerosis.

"The Institute of Medicine is greatly enriched by the addition of our newly elected colleagues, each of whom has significantly advanced health and medicine," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg. "Through their research, teaching, clinical work, and other contributions, these distinguished individuals have inspired and served as role models to others. We look forward to drawing on their knowledge and skills to improve health through the work of the IOM."

New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. IOM's charter ensures diversity of talent among the Institute's membership by requiring at least one-quarter of the members to be selected from fields outside the health professions, such as engineering, social sciences, law, and the humanities. The newly elected members raise IOM's total active membership to 1,732 and the number of foreign associates to 112. With an additional 84 members holding emeritus status, IOM's total membership is 1,928.

The Institute of Medicine is unique in its structure as both an honorific membership organization and an advisory organization. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, IOM has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer their service on IOM committees, boards, and other activities. Projects during the past year include studies of environmental factors in breast cancer, health IT and patient safety, nutrition rating systems and graphics on food packaging, the scientific necessity of chimpanzees in research, establishing crisis standards of care during catastrophic disasters, improving care for epilepsy, and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Please click here for further information and a complete listing of elected members.

Posted on 19/10/2012

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