SCIENTIST Gideon Davies has been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences for his contribution to the advancement of medical science.

Professor Davies, of the department of chemistry at York University, is one of 44 researchers from across the UK who have been recognised by the Academy.

Academy Fellows are elected for excellence in medical research, for innovative application of scientific knowledge or for their conspicuous service to healthcare.

Professor Davies, who is also the 2014 Royal Society of Chemistry Khorana Prize winner, was recognised for his “enormous fundamental contributions to our understanding of enzyme mechanism and carbohydrate biochemistry."