5 minutes with... Professor Simon Chapman

If you could cure one disease in your lifetime which would it be? 

Anything that kills children slowly.

What philosophical principle strongly informs the work you do?

We all swim in oceans of nonsense, and scepticism lights the way through it.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to a medical student? 

The same advice I would give to anyone: make sure you optimise your life, strike a healthy work-life balance and feed your passions.

The best book you ever read? 

Bertrand Russell’s Why I am not a Christian. It ignited my nascent scepticism about all sorts of things. 

Which public figure do you admire most and why?

Nelson Mandela – for his principles, endurance and grace.

What would you never do again?