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Published: 10 May 2018

University of Surrey academic elected to Academy of Medical Sciences

Leading sleep expert, Professor Derk-Jan Dijk has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the first academic from the University of Surrey to have been awarded this honour.

Main Derk Jan

Through this Fellowship, Professor Dijk joins a prestigious group of academics who have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to biomedical and health science, leading research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and the wider society.

Published in more than 200 research and review papers, Professor Dijk is a world renowned expert in circadian rhythms and sleep and has more than 30 years of experience in clinical sleep research. He is Director of the Surrey Sleep Research Centre, recipient of the Sleep Research Society’s Distinguished Scientist Award and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, and with his colleagues delivers pioneering research which improves the understanding of how sleep and circadian rhythms contribute to brain function and physical health across the lifespan.

Professor Dijk said: “I am delighted to have been awarded this fellowship with the Academy of Medical Sciences.

“It is an honour to join this prestigious and diverse group of academics, each who strive to improve and understand more about human health. The importance of sleep to a person’s health is undeniable and we need to learn more about its impact on our brain and body. I recognise the important contribution of my colleagues and am grateful to the funding bodies and academic institutions for their support of sleep and circadian rhythm research."

Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: “The Academy simply could not tackle major health and policy challenges without our dynamic and diligent brain trust of Fellows.

“I extend my warmest congratulations to all who are joining us this year, each of whom has earned this prestige by advancing their own field of biomedical science.”



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