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Professor Foo Yew ‘Eddy’ Liew, the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the European Journal of Immunology (EJI) and Senior Research Fellow and Gardiner Professor of Immunology at the University of Glasgow, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) on 20 April 2012. Professor Liew now joins the likes of Stephen Hawkings, Richard Dawkins and Sir Paul Nurse as a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society, the world's oldest scientific body in continuous existence since 1660.

The Royal Society awards lifetime fellowships to the most eminent leaders in the world of science, engineering and technology in the UK and the Commonwealth and becoming a FRS is one of the very highest honours available to academics and has been awarded to 80 Nobel Laureates.

Professor Liew, who was the founding Director of the University of Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre (GBRC) was elected as an FRS due to his pioneering work in the field of immunology and inflammatory diseases in a career spanning four decades.

During his career, Professor Liew has made important breakthroughs, including the discovery of T-cell heterogeneity, which led to a greater understanding and treatments of the disease Leishmaniasis, and pinpointing the role that nitric oxide plays in regulating the body's immune system. By common acclaim, Professor Liew's research has had a major impact on our understanding how the body's immune response protects us against diseases, opening the door to the development of novel and more effective therapies.

Professor Liew said: “It's an honour to be recognised by the Royal Society.

This announcement means that EJI now has two Fellows of the Royal Society on its Executive Committee, because Andrew McMichael was elected a Fellow in 1992.

The editorial team of EJI would like to congratulate Eddy on this recent accolade.