PROFESSOR DAME JULIA POLAK

Professor Julia Polak MD DSc FRCPath FMEDSci, Director of the Imperial College Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Centre. She is also, extraordinarily, one of the longest survivors of a heart and lung transplant. The Trust is named after her not only because of her leadership and enthusiasm in driving the research forward, but also because of her own remarkable story

In 1995, as Professor of Endocrine Pathology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (now Imperial College London) she was found to be suffering from one of the conditions she was researching, life-threatening pulmonary hypertension. Her life was saved by a heart and lung transplant performed by her close colleague, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, who is now actively involved in the work of the Tissue Engineering Centre. At the time, Julia was the focus of much national and international media attention, and was the inspiration for the novel "Intensive Care", and the play "Change of Heart" by bestselling author and playwright Rosemary Friedman.

Shortly after her transplant, Julia set up the Julia Polak Research Trust (originally the Julia Polak Lung Transplant Fund) and developed contacts with a wide range of individuals and families affected by transplant issues. It was partly her transplant, together with a strong collaborative relationship with Professor Larry Hench, a materials scientist, that led Julia to found the Imperial College Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Centre

Dame Julia Polak M.D. is the Visionhealth expert in Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Therapy.

ARCHNA PATEL
THE BAREFOOT DOCTOR
DAN KAHN
DR GEORGE LEWITH
DR JAGJIT SINGH
DR JEAN MONRO
JODY SCHECKTER
DR JOHN MANSFIELD
JOHN TINDALL
DR J WELBECK-PURE
PROF DAME JULIA POLAK
KATHERINE BENSTEAD
KATHY LETHBRIDGE
DR MOSARAF ALI
PROF MICHAEL PATTON
SUZANNE COOPER