Elected: 1990
Discipline: Clinical Sciences
Professor Anne Ferguson FRSE
Anne Ferguson was born in Glasgow in 1941. She died of an unsuspected pancreatic adenocarcinoma on 21 December 1998. Her colleagues were shattered by the sudden most untimely loss of this wonderful person and this great spirit.

Anne qualified BSc with Honours in Physiology at Glasgow University in 1960, and then MB, ChB in 1964 with Honours and with the Brunton Medal (awarded to the outstanding medical graduate of the year). After her early clinical training posts at the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, she did research for her PhD degree with Dr Delphine Parrott in the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow. Here she developed her early pioneering studies on cell-mediated immune systems in the intestinal mucosa that led to her important contributions to our knowledge of coeliac disease and Crohn’s disease. She successfully exploited the technique of whole-gut lavage for this work and she did parallel pioneering research on the phenomenon of oral tolerance whereby foreign antigens in the gut might suppress rather than activate some arms of the immune system.

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