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Queen's Birthday Honours 2017

19 Jun 2017

Congratulations to the following people closely connected with the MRC who have been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list:

Professor Simon Lovestone, Joint Principal Investigator on the MRC/NIHR Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study, within the Dementias Platform UK, and Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, has been knighted for his services to neuroscience research. 

Simon’s research focuses on the regulation of tau phosphorylation, the search for genetic and other biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease, and on drug discovery and experimental medicine. Simon is also the theme lead for informatics and digital health at the BIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, which aims to bring the best science to the complex problems of mental health and dementia. 

Professor Carol Brayne, Professor of Public Health Medicine, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, and Principal Investigator, MRC Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies, has been awarded a CBE for services to public health medicine.

Professor Brayne’s research interests have focused on dementia and brain health with ageing, particularly on population studies for policy and planning, risk and protective factors, as well as scientific understanding of what dementia in older populations really looks like. Her studies have shown that dementia has declined age for age in contemporary UK populations and the possible protective role of modifiable factors such as education.

Professor Emily Jackson, Professor of Law and Vice Chair, Academic Board, London School of Economics, and member of the MRC’s Ethics, Regulation and Public Involvement Committee, has been awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education.

Emily is a leading expert in the field of medical law, serving as Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from 2008 to 2012. In addition to serving on the MRC’s Ethics, Regulation and Public Involvement Committee, she is a member of the British Medical Association Medical Ethics Committee and, since 2014, has been a Judicial Appointments Commissioner. 

Professor Debbie Lawlor, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Bristol, has been awarded a CBE for services to social and community medicine research.

Debbie is a renowned epidemiologist and translational research expert whose interests span understanding how biological, social and environmental exposures from across life affect the risk of disease and how disease can be prevented and health improved. Debbie heads the reproductive and cardio-metabolic health programme at the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol, and also leads the Perinatal and Reproductive Health theme in the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre.

Sir John Sulston, formerly Director of the Sanger Institute, and Group Leader MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, has been made a Companion of Honour for services to science and society.

Sir John was director of the Sanger Institute from 1992 to 2000 where he played a key role in the Human Genome Project which was set up to provide researchers with tools to understand the genetic factors in human disease, paving the way for new strategies for their diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Before this, Sir John was based at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology where his research focused on mapping the cellular development of a nematode worm. It was for this pioneering work that John was awarded a share in the 2002 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.     

Sir David Weatherall, formerly Director of the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, and Director of the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, has been awarded a GBE for services to medicine.

Sir David is a world-leading researcher in molecular genetics, haematology, pathology and clinical medicine. His research into the most common forms of inherited anaemias has had a major impact on their diagnosis and treatment and led to their eradication in some parts of the world. He established the UK’s first Institute of Molecular Medicine.

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