Professor Deborah Ashby, Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, has accepted appointment as Interim Head of the School of Public Health from 1 January 2018, until a permanent successor to Professor Elio Riboli has taken up appointment.
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.
Professor Martin Wilkins FMedSci has taken up appointment as Vice-Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Medicine, with effect from 1 October 2017, for a period of 5 years.
Reporting to the Dean, Professor Wilkins will play a key role in identifying and determining Faculty strategy and leading organisational activity to support strategic research activity.
Professor Wilkins joined the then-Royal Postgraduate Medical School in 1990 as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology (the School merged with Imperial in 1997). He is currently Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Head of the Department of Medicine. Professor Wilkins will also continue as Director of the NIHR Imperial Clinical Research Facility at the Hammersmith Campus. His research is focused on the pathogenesis of pulmonary hypertension and the development of new treatments for this condition.