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Queen's Birthday Honours 2016

13 Jun 2016

[Image: Professor Sue Gathercole, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit]

Congratulations to the following people closely connected with the MRC who have been recognised in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list:

Dr Richard Treisman, Research Director, Francis Crick Institute, has been awarded a knighthood for services to biomedical science and to cancer research.

Richard's research seeks to understand at the molecular level how chemical signals arriving at a cell's surface are transmitted to the cell nucleus to alter the expression of specific genes. His main focus is on a system known as the SRF network, which regulates expression of genes important for cell proliferation, and for cell movement and adhesion, functions critical for cancer cell growth and spread.

Professor Doug Turnbull, Director, Newcastle University Centre for Brain Ageing and Vitality, and Professor of Neurology, Newcastle University, has been knighted for services to health care research and treatment, particularly mitochondrial disease. 

Since starting work as a junior doctor in 1976, Doug has made the understanding of mitochondrial diseases his life’s work. He has cared for over 1000 patients and their families, dealing with the effects of a genetic disorder that can cause blindness, heart failure and ultimately death.

John Kingman, non-executive Chairman of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and Second Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury, has been awarded a KCB for public service particularly the economy. 

In his role as Second Permanent Secretary, John has oversight of the department’s economics ministry functions including financial service, growth and infrastructure. John is also leading on the creation of UKRI, a body which brings together a range of organisations with a remit to provide a strategic vision and improve multidisciplinary research. 

Professor Sue Gathercole, Director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, was awarded an OBE for services to psychology and education.

Sue is a world-leading psychologist whose work focuses on children with developmental disorders of memory, attention, language and learning. Her commitment to driving translation of her research into practical benefit for children has enabled teachers to identify and cope with working memory deficits. Sue also has a long history of supporting women in science.

Kathy Hill White, Manager, MRC Unit The Gambia, was awarded an MBE for service to supporting research in developing countries.

As the Head of Human Resources, Kathy built a strong reputation for honesty, hard work and commitment. She was a vital resource in setting up mechanisms for salary negotiations and provided professional advice to management that enabled The Unit to achieve its recruitment, retention and capacity building goals. After 37 years of continuous service, Kathy retired in January 2016.

Michele Marron, Lately Director of Operations, MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Mill Hill, was awarded a BEM for services to biomedical science.  

Michele has been a key element of constancy at NIMR, in particular during almost ten years when the future of the Institute was in doubt, and in the face of a lot of initial resistance to change. She was involved in the planning for the Francis Crick Institute, and then in the extensive ‘back-room’ work in transferring MRC staff to Crick employment. Michele retired in July 2015.

For further information on the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016, please visit: http://mrc.io/21hQCpi  


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