Brian Heap#


Brian Heap
Email:rbh22 'at' cam.ac.uk
Membership Number:1895
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM
Section:PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROSCIENCE
Username:bheap
Elected:1999
Homepage: http://www.cei.cam.ac.uk/directory/rbh22@cam.ac.uk



Present and Previous Positions
  • 2010 President, European Academies Science Advisory Council
  • 1991 Director of Science, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK
  • 1989 Special Professor, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham
  • 1989 Director of Research, Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research (Cambridge and Edinburgh)
  • 1986 Head, Cambridge Research Station, Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research (Cambridge and Edinburgh)
  • 1976 Head, Department of Physiology, Babraham, Cambridge
  • 1964 Scientific Staff, Institute of Animal Physiology, Babraham, Cambridge
  • 1960 PhD Animal Physiology, University of Nottingham

Fields of Scholarship
  • Pregnancy, growth, lactation, evolution of viviparity in mammals
  • Endocrine regulation of ovarian function
  • Internal signals and recognition of pregnancy
  • Hormone production and conservation in pregnancy
  • Triggers spark the onset of parturition
  • Steroid interactions with phospholipids
  • Steroids, liposomes and membrane permeability
  • Steroid inhibition of lymphocyte migration
  • Immunology of pregnancy
  • Anti-progesterone monoclonal antibodies
  • Anti-idiotypic antibodies block pregnancy
  • Pregnancy diagnosis in dairy animals
  • Induced delivery in pigs improving animal welfare
  • Gene transfer
  • Intra-uterine delivery of a liposome-DNA preparation
  • Biotechnology and food security
  • Global population growth
  • Sustainable consumption and production (food, energy, transport)
  • Mitigation of environmental impacts
  • Climate change in developed and less developed countries

Honours and Awards
  • 1980 ScD (University of Cambridge)
  • 1989 FRS (Fellow of The Royal Society)
  • 1994 Hon DSc (University of Nottingham)
  • 1994 CBE
  • 1994 UK Representative, European Science Foundation, Strasbourg
  • 1996 President, Institute of Biology
  • 1996 Master, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge
  • 1996 Vice-President and Foreign Secretary, The Royal Society
  • 1997 UK Representative on NATO Science Committee, Brussels
  • 1999 Member, Academia Europaea
  • 2001 KBE
  • 2001 D Univ (York)
  • 2004 Chair of Trustees, Academia Europeae
  • 2006 Hon Fellow, Zoological Society of London
  • 2007 Hon DSc, St Andrews University, Scotland
  • 2008 Vice-President, European Academies Science Advisory Board
  • 2009 Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
  • 2011 Honorary Professor, University of Nottingham


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