New Nuffield Professor of Clinical Medicine

6th August 2019


We are pleased to announce that Professor Richard Cornall FMedSci FRCP has been appointed the new Nuffield Professor of Clinical Medicine, Head of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, and a Fellow of Magdalen College.

“This is a very exciting time to be involved in medical research and teaching. The treatment of our patients is changing rapidly with new technology and an increasing ability to study large datasets and disease at the level of individual cells,” said Richard. “The medical school is world-leading for its global perspective, partnerships, and history of innovation, so there is no better place to build on these possibilities.”

Richard joins us from Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He was Deputy Head of the Medical School and Medical Sciences Division of the University of Oxford from 2015-17, and, most recently, Deputy Head of the Medical Research Council Human Immunology Unit.

Richard grew up on the Isle of Wight and went to Trinity College, Cambridge, to study Medicine and Biochemistry in 1980. After Cambridge, he came to Oxford to study Clinical Medicine at Balliol College and later returned to Balliol – after a stint working in hospitals across London – to complete his D.Phil.

After a number of years at Stanford University, California, as a Research Fellow, Richard returned to Oxford as a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow and Honorary Consultant. He then went on to become Professor of Immunology, and later, University Lecturer in Renal Medicine and Fellow of Corpus Christi College.

His main scientific interests are the physiological basis of immune regulation and systemic autoimmunity, the treatment of autoimmune diseases, and the use of genetics to identify new pathways involved in immunity to pathogens.

As Nuffield Professor of Clinical Medicine, Richard will play a key role in ensuring the University of Oxford remains at the forefront of teaching and research into clinical medicine.