Prof. Sir John Irving Bell

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Personal Data


Year of Birth
July 1, 1952


Ridley College, Canada

B Med Sci (Honours). University of Alberta

BA (Honours), Physiological Sciences, 1st Class, Magdalen College, Oxford University

BM, BCh. Magdalen College, Oxford University

DM Magdalen College, Oxford University

FRCP Royal College of Physicians, London

Posts previously held


Postgraduate Clinical Training in Oxford and London


Clinical Fellow, Department of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA


Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medical Microbiology, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA


Wellcome Senior Clinical Fellow and Honorary Consultant

Physician, Nuffield Departments of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford


University Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, Oxford University


Nuffield Professor of Clinical Medicine, Oxford University


President, Academy of Medical Sciences, UK

University posts currently held

since 1987

Hon. Consultant Physician, Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust

since 1993

Founder, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics

since 1999

Chairman, Partnership Board, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism

since 2002

Regius Professor of Medicine

since 2008

Knighted in the 2008 Honours list for Services to Medicine

since 2009

Fellow of the Royal Society

since 2015

Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE)

Other Activities / Memberships

  • Immunocore Ltd, Chairman

  • Genentech, Non-Executive Director

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Chair, Global Health Program Advisory Committee

  • Robertson Foundation, Advisor

  • Ewelme Almshouse Charity, Master/Trustee

  • The Rhodes Trust, Chair

  • Genome England Ltd, Non-Executive Director

  • Genome England Ltd Scientific Advisory Board, Chairman

  • Oak Foundation, Advisor

  • Early Disease Detection Research Platform UK, Chair

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