Professor Williams receives the accolade for her outstanding contributions to medical science.
She joins NCMH colleagues Professor Nick Craddock, Professor Sir Mike Owen and Professor Anita Thapar, who have all been elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences in previous years.
Professor Williams, Cardiff University Cancer expert Baroness Ilora Finlay and 42 other leading UK experts were recognised this year for their individual contribution to medical research, innovative application of scientific knowledge and services to healthcare.
Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: “They each bring a unique perspective which we will value immensely. Their election is a much deserved honour for the outstanding achievements they have shown throughout their careers.”
Professor Julie Williams is the current Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales (CSAW) responsible for providing independent and top quality scientific advice to the First Minister and his administration across a broad spectrum of topics to support decision and policymaking.
Professor Williams is one of the UK’s leading figures in Alzheimer’s research and plays a key role in the University’s Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics as Head of the Neurodegeneration section.
Her research focuses on identifying and understanding genes which increase the risk of developing complex neurodegenerative disorders.
NCMH Director Professor Ian Jones said: “Professor Williams is one of the finest researchers in the world in the field of Alzheimer’s research. She absolutely deserves this accolade for her tireless work in improving our understanding of this devastating illness. We are honoured to have her associated with the work of the National Centre for Mental Health.”