Professor Barry Fuller

Barry Fuller PhD; DSc; F Soc Cryobiolo


Biopic – I am currently Professor of Surgical Sciences and Low Temperature Medicine in UCLMedical School based at the Royal Free Hospital in North London.   I am a basic scientist working alongside my clinical colleagues in the Division of Surgery and Interventional  Sciences.  My career has been focused largely  on  teaching, research and service delivery where science impacts on organ transplantation and other medical interventions with living cells or tissues. I also hold an honorary position with Royal Free London Trust to manage the scientific aspects of the transplant organ donation service.  My research has been largely on applications of low temperatures so that the organs and tissues can be stored in the best conditions and ready for patient use when needed.  I have recently retired from the Presidency of the International Society for Cryobiology, and hold a Professorship in the UNESCO Chair in Cryobiology.  This is based in the Ukraine Academy of Sciences Institute of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine in Kharkiv, and now has links in Latin America and South Africa. I have been collaborating with both fundamental and clinical scientists since in the Ukraine Academy Institute since 1983 , and was awarded  Foreign Member status of the Ukraine Academy of Sciences in 2005. In my research career I have co-edited 3 books, written more than 200 scientific papers or book chapters and am Executive Editor for the scientific journal CryoLetters. I  am also very interested  in medical education and knowledge transfer, both specific to these topics, and for science in medicine in the UK and internationally. I teach about aspects of transplantation and low temperature banking of cells and tissues, and  I established a bachelors degree on surgical sciences which helps young medical trainees learn about the scientific principles which underpin many modern clinical therapies. Alongside these, I co-organise an outreach knowledge transfer programme to inform patients and the public about the advances in medical research, and to gather their opinions on what they feel should be the most important objectives in future healthcare from their perspectives. I believe that all young trainees (both medical and scientific) should be given opportunities to be informed about the best technologies available for helping their patients, based on objective evidence, so that they become the informed and enthusiastic practitioners of the future.  The UNESCO Chair activities are one way these aims can be delivered globally by encouraging knowledge transfer between developed and restructuring countries. IMET provides an equally important forum for the delivery of  these aspirations.