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Leading researchers given medical Fellow honours; BREAKING HEALTH NEWS.

TWOleading figures in neuroscience research in Wales have received one of the highest honours in medical science.

Professor Alun Davies and Prof Nick Craddock, from Cardiff University, have been elected Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Prof Davies' work focuses on the developing nervous system at the cellular and molecular level. His team is investigating the factors that regulate the survival of nerve cells and the growth of neural processes during development.

Prof Davies said: "I was delighted to be elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences, which reflects the work of my whole research group.

"Together, we are building understanding of how the nervous system grows in its early stages, which has potential implications for tackling a variety of illnesses and disorders."

Prof Craddock is currently working to identify the genes association with bipolar disorder and is in the process of recruiting 6,000 people to take part in the study.

His work focuses on the genetics of mood and psychotic disorders.

He said: "It is very pleasing that the hard work of my research team has been recognised in this way.

"Election of psychiatrists as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences is important because it helps to increase the profile of research into, and reduce stigma against, mental illness."

The two professors will be formally admitted to the Academy at a ceremony on June 22.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 10, 2010
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