Category: College Announcements

New department structure in the Faculty of Medicine and New Heads of Department

The Faculty of Medicine will operate a new departmental structure from the start of the academic year 2019-20.

From August 2019 the Faculty will comprise eight academic departments:

  • Institute of Clinical Sciences
  • National Heart and Lung Institute
  • School of Public Health
  • Department of Surgery and Cancer
  • Department of Infections (new)
  • Department of Immunology and Inflammation (new)
  • Department of Brain Sciences (new)
  • Department of Metabolism (new)

The formal titles of the four new departments remain to be finalised and will be confirmed during 2019 as part of preparation for the launch of the new structure.

The following Head of Department appointments have been made, with effect from 1 August 2019 for an initial period of five years, to lead the four newly created academic departments within the Faculty of Medicine.

HEAD OF THE NEW DEPARTMENT OF METABOLISM

Professor Mark Thursz MD FRCP has accepted appointment as Head of the new Department of Metabolism. He is currently Interim Head for the Department of Surgery and Cancer, a role which he will hold until Professor George Hanna takes up the position in February 2019 (see below). Professor Thursz’s research interests are focused on viral hepatitis and alcohol-related liver disease. 

HEAD OF THE NEW DEPARTMENT OF IMMUNOLOGY AND INFLAMMATION

Professor Marina Botto FMedSci has accepted appointment as Head of the new Department of Immunology and Inflammation. Professor Botto holds a chair in Rheumatology and is the Head of the Division of Immunology and Inflammation within the Department of Medicine. Her research focuses on how complement deficiency contributes to the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Professor Botto also serves as Director of Bioservices for the College.

HEAD OF THE NEW DEPARTMENT OF INFECTIONS

Professor Wendy Barclay has accepted appointment as Head of the new Department of Infections. Professor Barclay holds the Action Medical Research Chair in Virology. Her research focusses on respiratory viruses, in particular influenza virus, with an aim of understanding the molecular and cellular basis of the pathogenesis, host range restrictions and transmissibility of influenza viruses.

HEAD OF THE NEW DEPARTMENT OF BRAIN SCIENCES

Professor Paul Matthews FRCP FMedSci OBE has accepted appointment as Head of the new Department of Brain Sciences. Professor Matthews holds the Edmond and Lily Safra Chair in Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics and is currently Head of the Division of Brain Sciences within the Department of Medicine. He is also Associate Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) and head of the UK DRI Centre at Imperial. His research focusses on innovative translational applications of clinical imaging and roles of neuroinflammation in neurodegenerative diseases.

In addition to these new roles, the role of Head of the existing Department of Surgery and Cancer has now been filled.

HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY AND CANCER

Professor George Hanna FRCS has accepted appointment as Head of the Department of Surgery and Cancer with effect from 1 February 2019, for an initial period of 5 years.

Professor Hanna is currently Head of the Division of Surgery within the department, and holds a chair in Surgical Sciences. Professor Hanna’s main research interests are in non-invasive early cancer detection and the use of novel technologies to improve surgical quality. He leads an NIHR programme for point of care diagnostics in cancer and gastrointestinal diseases. His educational research aims to develop competency assessment tools for training and quality assurance of surgical performance in randomised controlled oncological trials.

A full list of the current Heads of Department for the Faculty of Medicine is available at: www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/about-us/faculty-leadership

Further details about the reorganisation of the Faculty department structure are available at:

www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/about-us/faculty-leadership/department_changes_2019-20.

Director of ICT

Ms Sonja Browning-Page has accepted appointment as Director of ICT from 12 November 2018.

Reporting to the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Sonja will be responsible for customer service, project management and development and service operations within ICT, maintaining the services and ensuring ongoing support for all users, staff and students.

Sonja joins the College from the University of Surrey, where as Deputy IT Director she was responsible for the strategy and provision of all IT services.

Vice Deans, Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine has made the following Vice-Dean appointments, with effect from 1 October 2018. 

VICE-DEAN (INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES)

Professor Desmond Johnston FMedSci has accepted appointment as Vice-Dean (International Activities) for the Faculty of Medicine. In this new role he will lead the Faculty of Medicine’s international partnership activities in research and education, especially for the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. Professor Johnston holds a Chair of Clinical Endocrinology within the Department of Medicine and previously held the role of Vice-Dean (Education) within the Faculty. Prior to that he served the College as Clinical Consul.

VICE-DEAN (EDUCATION)

Following Professor Johnston’s new appointment, Mr Martin Lupton has accepted appointment as Vice-Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Medicine. In this role he will lead all of the Faculty of Medicine’s undergraduate and postgraduate education activity. Mr Lupton continues his role as Head of the Undergraduate School of Medicine. He is also Clinical Senior Lecturer within the Faculty.

VICE-DEAN (ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT)

Professor Neil Ferguson OBE FMedSci has accepted appointment as Vice-Dean (Academic Development) for the Faculty of Medicine. In this role he will lead on developing the Faculty of Medicine’s inter-Faculty partnership research activities. Professor Ferguson holds a Chair in Mathematical Biology and is Head of the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology within the School of Public Health.

The above Vice-Dean appointments are made for an initial period of five years in the first instance.

A full list of current Vice-Deans for the Faculty of Medicine is available at: www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/about-us/faculty-leadership

College consuls

Professor Peter Lindstedt, Professor of Thermofluids in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been re-elected as Senior College Consul for a further period to 31 August 2019.

Professor Richard Jardine, Professor of Geomechanics in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected to succeed Professor Marek Sergot as one of the Consuls for the Faculty of Engineering and the Business School for the period 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2021.

Professor Terry Tetley, Professor of Lung Cell Biology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, has been reappointed as non-clinical Consul for the Faculty of Medicine for a further term to 31 December 2018.

The current list of Consuls is set out below:

Senior Consul: Professor Peter Lindstedt

Faculty of Engineering and the Business School: Professor Yun Xu

Faculty of Engineering and the Business School: Professor Richard Jardine

Faculty of Medicine (non-clinical): Professor Terry Tetley

Faculty of Medicine (clinical): Professor Peter Openshaw

Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Education Office: Professor Lesley Cohen

Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Education Office: Professor Jonathan Mestel

National Pay Award 2018/19

UCEA (the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association) has advised that institutions can now implement the 2018/19 national pay settlement.

The College’s national pay scales have therefore been updated to incorporate a rise of 2% effective from 1 August 2018 for those staff remaining on national non-clinical rather than local pay scales.

Payment at the appropriate new rates will be made in September 2018 salaries, including arrears for August.

Head of the National Heart and Lung Institute

Professor Edwin Chilvers (FMedSci) has accepted appointment as Head of the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) and Chair of Medicine with effect from October 1 2018. Professor Chilvers’ term of office as Head of the NHLI will be for an initial period of five years.

Professor Chilvers is currently Head of the Respiratory Medicine Division at the University of Cambridge and Director of Graduate Education at its School of Clinical Medicine. He qualified in Medicine from the University of Nottingham, was a medical registrar at Hammersmith Hospital before winning an MRC Clinical Training Fellowship, followed by a lectureship and then a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Chilvers has a distinguished career in respiratory research. His main research interests are in inflammatory cell biology and, in particular, the intracellular signals that regulate the activation and survival of white blood cells, with translational relevance to a range of inflammatory lung diseases including COPD, asthma and acute lung injury. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2007, currently chairs the research committee of the British Lung Foundation and was the immediate past-President of the British Thoracic Society. He was awarded a ScD by the University of Cambridge in 2016.

Interim Head of Department of Surgery and Cancer

Professor Mark Thursz, Professor of Hepatology, has accepted appointment as Interim Head of the Department of Surgery & Cancer with effect from 1 August 2018, until a permanent successor to Professor Jeremy Nicholson has taken up appointment.

Professor Thursz joined the College in 1991 as a research fellow and was appointed Senior Lecturer in 1997. He was promoted to Professor in 2006. He was previously Deputy Head of the Department of Surgery and Cancer and will retain his roles as Clinical Director of Integrative Systems Medicine and Digestive Diseases and Director of the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Professor Thursz’ research is focused on viral hepatitis and alcohol related liver disease. His early work on genetic susceptibility and natural history of viral hepatitis identified a number of factors which determine clinical outcomes. He is also renowned for his translational research in alcoholic hepatitis and has recently acquired an MRC Stratified Medicine award to explore novel biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and risk of infection in this condition.

Director of the School of Public Health

Professor Deborah Ashby, currently Interim Head of the School of Public Health and Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, has accepted appointment as Director of the School of Public Health with effect from 1 July 2018, for an initial period of 5 years.

Professor Ashby joined the College in 2008, and since then she has occupied a number of leadership positions, including Co-Director of the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit.

Her research focuses on clinical trials, risk-benefit decision making for medicines, and the utility of Bayesian approaches in these areas. Professor Ashby was awarded an OBE for services to medicine in 2009 and was appointed an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2010. She was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012 and is President-Elect of the Royal Statistical Society.

Director of Music and Director of the Blyth Centre

Mr Oliver Gooch has accepted appointment of Director of Music and Director of the Blyth Centre, with effect from 1 August 2018.

In this role he will be responsible for fostering musicianship and musical and visual art activity at the College, including conducting the College’s flagship Symphony Orchestra and supporting other student musical ensembles.

Mr Gooch is a former Associate Conductor at the Royal Opera House, Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, and Philharmonia and a Music Director for Raymond Gubbay Ltd. He has conducted orchestras around the world, including the Queensland Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, New York Sinfonietta, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Milano, and has recently made a debut recording with the RTÉ National Symphony. Mr Gooch has also been involved in student music at the University of Cambridge, conducting both university orchestras, and leading three international orchestra tours and four European choir tours.