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Sarah Harper elected to Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Sarah Harper CBE, Clore Professor of Gerontology, Supernumerary Fellow, and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, has been elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Sarah has a background in anthropology and population studies. Her early research focused on migration and the social implications of demographic change. Her current research on demographic change addresses the impact of falling fertility and increasing life expectancy, with a particular interest in Asia and Africa.

Professor Sarah Harper served on the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, which advises the Prime Minister on the scientific evidence for strategic policies and frameworks. In 2017, she served as the Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Sarah is a Director and Trustee of the UK Research Integrity Office and a member of the Board of Health Data Research UK. Sarah was appointed a CBE in 2018 for services to Demography.

Professor Harper said, “I am delighted and honoured to be elected a Fellow. It is an important recognition of the work on population ageing which I and colleagues here at the Institute of Population Ageing have undertaken over the past 25 years. This award further demonstrates the important role that a multidisciplinary approach has to play in advancing human health.”

The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy on 12 July.

Published: 5 June 2023

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