A YORK academic has been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences for his contribution to the advancement of medical science.

Professor Gideon Davies, who is part of the Department of Chemistry at the University of York, is one of 44 UK researchers to be recognised by the academy, in honour of his work on enzymes and carbohydrate biochemistry.

His work has had an impact on areas including biofuels and treatments for Alzheimers.

Professor Davies said: “I am honoured be elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences and to join such a distinguished group of fellow scientists.”

The new Fellows, who were selected from a pool of 351 candidates, will be formally admitted to the Academy at a ceremony on Wednesday, July 2.