The BSHI Honorary president is appointed by the BSHI executive committee.
The appointed president is an opinion leader of high professional standing amongst practitioners in Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics or an associated scientific or medical discipline. They serve a four year term of office beginning and ending at the BSHI AGM.
BSHI Honorary President
Professor Steven GE Marsh, BSc PhD ARCS
Director of Bioinformatics & Deputy Director of Research, Anthony Nolan Research Institute.
Professor of Immunogenetics, Cancer Institute, University College London.
Prof Marsh is Deputy Director of Research and Head of Immunogenetics at the Anthony Nolan Research Institute and Co-Director of the Histocompatibility Laboratory. He is also Professor of Immunogenetics at University College London and Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) Nomenclature Committee for Factors of the HLA System, and the WHO/IUIS Nomenclature Committee for Killer-cell Immunoglobulin-like Receptors (KIR). He is currently a President of the International HLA and Immunogenetics Workshop, President of the British Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (BSHI) and formerly President of the European Federation for Immunogenetics (EFI). In 2016 he became Editor-in-Chief of the journal HLA (formerly Tissue Antigens).
The aim of his research group is to improve the outcome of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation by understanding genetic differences, particularly the matching of HLA and KIR genes, between patients and donors. This work is undertaken by both bioinformatics and laboratory-based projects. He initiated the IPD-IMGT/HLA and IPD-KIR Databases, which are the worldwide resource for HLA and KIR sequences.
BSHI Honorary Presidents
2016 - Professor Steven GE Marsh
2012 - 2016 Prof John L Forsythe
2008 - 2011 Dr Jackie M Cornish
2005 - 2008 Professor J Andrew Bradley
2002 - 2005 Professor Sir Magdi H Yacoub
1999 - 2002 Professor John W Fabre
1996 - 1999 Professor Benjamin A Bradley
1994 - 1996 Professor Sir Peter J Morris
1992 - 1994 Professor Richard R Batchelor
1990 - 1992 Professor Sir Walter F Bodmer