Professor Herb F Sewell
The University of Nottingham - UK
Professor Sewell graduated from the University of Birmingham, where he gained a BDS with honours (part 1) and prizes and then obtained his MSc and PhD degrees. He subsequently qualified MB.ChB in Medicine with prizes (U of Leicester). Professor Sewell held appointments in the Universities of Birmingham, Leicester, Glasgow and Aberdeen before becoming Professor of Immunology at the University of Nottingham in 1990.
MB ChB, BDS, MSc, PhD, Hon DDS, Hon DSc, FRCP (L), M & FRCP &S (G), M & FRCPath, FMedSci.
Academic Appointments (current & recent)
Professor of Immunology, University of Nottingham 1990 - present.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Transfer, 2002 - 2007.
Portfolios included: Chair of Bio-Medical Research Committee; Schools in the Faculty of Science; Information Services and E-learning/Knowledge; School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.Chair,2007-Notice Board- Company overseeing NU commercial interactions.
Academic Appointments/Honorary Consultant (previous)
University of Birmingham-MRC Research Fellow with Professor PGH Gell FRS.
University of Leicester - Registrar/Lecturer in Immunopathology.
University of Glasgow - Hon Consultant with Professors H Dick FRSE & M Timbury FRSE
University of Aberdeen - Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant to Regius Professor F Walker 1985 - 1990.
Current: Translational Cancer Research; in the Centre of Excellence on Autoimmunity in Cancer (CEAC): Deriving new methods for early cancer detection and diagnosis. Continued collaborative research in Human Allergy and Host response to Infections.
Research Funding sources over the past 10 years:
MRC, BBSRC, TSB, Biotechnology Industry, Wellcome Trust and other major peer reviewed AMRC sources.
2012-2014 Co-Applicant on a "Biomedical Catalyst grant" awarded to the University of Nottingham by UK MRC and the Technology Strategy Board. Value of award £400,000
2013 Co-Applicant on MRC CiC grant awarded (with Prof Robertson & Dr Tighe)~£103K
2008-2013 Co-Investigator on grant awarded by the UK National Institute for Health Research; for establishment of a Biomedical Research Unit in NUHT on Respiratory System Diseases; Value of award £6,000,000.
2002-2007 as Nottingham University Pro Vice Chancellor for Research headed several successful major institutional bids to support infrastructure/new builds and major equipment funding to support our world class Cancer (inc. Childrens Brain Tumour) and Stem cell research initiatives. Responsible for research strategy and Medical Faculty reorganisation/reconfiguration.
Scholarship & Research Publications:
Co-Author/Editor of Textbook: Essential Immunology for Surgeons (OUP) 2011
Author of various chapters in standard textbooks of medicine and immunology.
A total of c.130 peer reviewed papers/articles/have been published in leading specialist and general biomedical/scientific journals.
Reviewer and Referee:
2013-14 Nominated external reviewer for the Vice-Chancellors review of the School of Infection and Immunity, University of Birmingham.
Referee of grant and fellowship proposals for MRC, Cancer Research UK (CRC), Wellcome Trust, Academy of Medical Sciences etc.
Referee for national/international promotions in UK, USA and WI Higher Education Institutions.
National Health Service
Non-Executive Director NUH NHS Trust 2013-17 appointed by NHS TDA
Honorary Consultant Immunologist (1984 - present)
Clinical Director of Pathology Services (Nottingham University Hospital Trust -4th largest Trust in the UK) 2002-07. Chaired initial Modernisation of Pathology services and merger between NCH and QMC services and exploratory Pathology Network.
Committees/Working Groups (Member/Chair):
International - representing UK, The University of Nottingham or UK Mediacl research Council (MRC)
World Health Organisation (Geneva) - UK representative - Xenotransplantation Consultation Committee (1997).
Universitas 21 - meeting of Vice Presidents, Pro-Vice-Chancellors - Hong Kong 2004.
ACU meeting of Vice-Chancellors, Provosts - Adelaide, Australia 2006
International adviser to the Caribbean Health Research Council-representingUK MRC 2007. International adviser for academic appointments-in USA; University of West Indies.
Medical Research Council
MRC Panel member(2012-13) Confidence in Concept portfolio awards to UK HEIs
MRC Council member (2004 - 2011): the governing body which directs the national scientific strategy and corporate policy.
Chair (2006) MRC National Review of Research and Career Training investment
Chair (2006/7) MRC International Strategic Review of Virology
Chair (2007) MRC International Review of Human Immunology Research
Member (2006 - 2009) MRC Executive Committee - Budget Delivery Subgroup
Member (2007 to 2011) MRC Remuneration Committee
Member (2005 to 2011) MRC Employers Rep Forum
Member MRC Strategic Review of MRC Cell Biology Unit
Member MRC working group on National Institute for Medical Research 2007(NIMR)
Reporting Chair and Member, MRC Subgroup on Unit and University partnership(2006)
MRC Clinical Training and Career Development Panel (1998-2001)
MRC Strategy Development Group - Subgroup on research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Autism (1998-2000)
MRC Expert Group on Research Leaders for the UK (2001)
Higher Education Funding Council-England and Wales.
Full Panel Member: Research Assessment Exercise 2001
Reviewer of draft submissions for RAE 2008 -for UK universities'.
UK Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority (UKXIRA) - Member 1997-2001
MAFF/DEFRA - Member Advisory Group on Quarantine (and Vaccination) (Chair UK Delegation to Sweden) (1998) - leading to change in UK legislation on quarantine
Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (MAFF/FSA) (1998-2001)
UK Medicines Commission - Commissioner - (2002 - 2006)
Medical Royal Colleges
Chairman - Joint Committee on Immunology and Allergy, Royal College of Physicians and
Royal College of Pathologists (1994-1998)
Member of Governing Council - Royal College of Pathologists 1998
Nuffield Council on Bioethics
Member of Council (2002-2006).
National Affiliate of NCOB (2013-present)
Cancer Research UK/CRC
Member of CRC Grants Committee
Member of International Panels for CRUK Research Institute - site visits/assessments - (1995 - present)
Founding Fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences (1998)
Honorary DDS, University of Birmingham (2001);
Honorary D.Sc (2003,University of West Indies ).
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