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Sir Keith Peters
Member, BMS IAC (2000-2004)
Chairman, A*STAR Graduate Academy International Advisory Panel
Emeritus Regius Professor of Physic, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK (1987-2005)
Senior Consultant, GlaxoSmithKline Research & Development



Sir Keith Peters is the Chairman for Global Medical Excellence Cluster. He was appointed in October 2008. Global Medical Excellence Cluster is the largest in Europe. It brings together in a collaborative effort, leading universities, pharmaceutical and medical device companies and hospitals to build the capabilities which will ensure the UK remains globally competitive in medical research.

From 2006 to 2008, Sir Keith was the Interim Director of the MRC National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill, London. He was the President of the Academy of Medical Sciences from 2002 to 2006.
From 1987 to 2005, Sir Keith Peters was the Regius Professor of Physic in the University of Cambridge where he was the head of the School of Clinical Medicine. The School had seen enormous changes during Sir Keith's tenure:
  • A massive building programme, including the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, the Hutchison CRUK Cancer Centre.
  • In September 2001, the first students were admitted to the Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine, an innovative course for students with a first degree in a non-medical discipline.
  • An increase in annual research grant expenditure from £1.6m to £40m.
Sir Keith graduated in Medicine from the Welsh National School of Medicine in 1961. After posts in the University of Birmingham, the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill and the Welsh National School of Medicine, he was appointed Lecturer in Medicine and Consultant Physician at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (RPMS), Hammersmith Hospital. Between 1971 and 1975 he was successively Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Immunology and Reader in Medicine before being appointed Professor of Medicine and Director of the Department of Medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in 1977. 
Sir Keith's research interests centre on the immunology or renal and vascular disease, and in particular on how delineation of immunological mechanisms can lead to new therapies for these disorders. 
He was Knighted in the 1993 New Year's Honours List and was made Fellow of the Royal Society in 1995. His major contributions to UK medicine have been through the promotion of clinical research. 
At the RPMS he was responsible for sustaining the outstanding reputation of the Department of Medicine; and in Cambridge under his leadership the University's Clinical School has become a major centre for medical research, complementing Cambridge's strengths in basic biomedical science.

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Last Updated On 20 July 2011

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