Academic GP Professor Chris Butler has been elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS). AMS Fellows are specially chosen for their contribution to medical research and healthcare, the generation of new knowledge in medical sciences and its translation into benefits to society.
Professor Butler is the Clinical Director of the University of Oxford Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit, an NIHR Senior Investigator, and practices as a salaried GP in Mountain Ash, South Wales. His main research interests are in common infections and health behaviour change, with a focus on the appropriate use of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.
He has recently been awarded funding by the NIHR to investigate whether probiotic supplements can prevent infections and reduce the need for antibiotics in care home residents. He is also Principal Investigator on the ALIC4E study, an international trial looking at the effectiveness of antivirals for influenza-like illness.
Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said:
"These new Fellows represent the amazing diversity of talent and expertise among the UK medical research community. Through their election to the Fellowship, we recognise the outstanding contributions these individuals have made to the progress of medical science and the development of better healthcare."
The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the AMS at a ceremony in June.
Find out more about the 2016 AMS Fellows.