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New Principal for Imperial's Faculty of Medicine

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For immediate release
26 May 2004

Imperial College London today announces the appointment of a new Principal to the Faculty of Medicine.

Professor Stephen Smith DSc, FMedSci, currently Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Glasgow University, has been appointed as the new Principal, in succession to Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, who has been appointed Deputy Rector at Imperial.

Sir Richard Sykes, Rector of Imperial College London, comments: "We are very pleased to have attracted someone of Stephen's calibre to this very important post at Imperial College London. With his help, I am confident we can continue to develop Imperial's world class reputation for integrating medicine with science, engineering and management, in both teaching and research."

Before joining the University of Glasgow, Professor Smith, 53, was previously Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Cambridge and The Rosie Hospital, Cambridge.

He has published over 200 papers on reproductive medicine and cancer, focussing on the control of blood vessel growth in reproductive tissues in benign and malignant disease, and more recently, working on the complex gene pathways that regulate the growth of these vessels in this tissue. For this work, Professor Smith was awarded his DSc in 2001.

After qualifying at Westminster Hospital, London in 1974, Professor Smith held a number of posts in London hospitals, including Hammersmith Hospital, before becoming a Lecturer at Edinburgh University. He then held a succession of academic posts, before becoming Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Cambridge and the Rosie Hospital in 1998, a post held until December 2003. He also held the position of Clinical Director Women's Services at Addenbrooke's Hospital during this time.

In addition to his academic and clinical work, Professor Smith has also been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Biology, The Academy of Medical Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society of Arts. He also holds directorships, and is a founder member of the Metris Therapeutics Ltd. and Gene Networks Inc.

He has also provided advice to and served on numerous committees for a number of organisations including the Medical Research Council, World Health Organisation, the NHS, and the Wellcome Trust.

Professor Smith is married with three children, and his hobbies include flying, politics, history, and music.


For further information please contact:

Tony Stephenson
Imperial College London Press Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6712
Mobile: +44 (0)7753 739766

Notes to editors:

1. Curriculum vitae of Professor Smith is available on request.

2. Consistently rated in the top three UK university institutions, Imperial College London is a world leading science-based university whose reputation for excellence in teaching and research attracts students (10,000) and staff (5,000) of the highest international quality. Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and management and delivers practical solutions that enhance the quality of life and the environment - underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture.