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New Year's Honours 2018

2 Jan 2018

Congratulations to the following people closely connected with the MRC who have been recognised in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list:

Sir Keith Peters, lately Regius Professor of Physic at the University of Cambridge, was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) for services to the advancement of medical science.

Sir Keith is one of the UK’s most influential clinical academics who has made a series of lasting impacts on medicine and science. He was interim director of the MRC’s National Institute for Medical Research from 2006 to 2008 and was instrumental in the development of the original idea behind the Francis Crick Institute. He has extensive clinical experience as a kidney specialist and made a major contribution to the transformation of the Clinical School in Cambridge and the development of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Professor Christl Donnelly, Professor of Statistical Epidemiology, Imperial College London, has been awarded a CBE for services to epidemiology and the control of infectious diseases.

Christl is one of the world’s foremost statistical epidemiologists working on infectious diseases. Her research has led to the dramatic improvement of the statistical robustness of mathematical modelling and the resultant reliability of conclusions drawn from models. A Principal Investigator at the MRC Centre for Outbreak and Modelling, Christl also has interests in ecology, conservation and animal welfare, and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Dr Robin Lovell-Badge, Senior Group Leader, Francis Crick Institute, was awarded a CBE for services to genetics, stem cell research and the public understanding of science.

Robin has longstanding interests in the biology of stem cells, in how genes work in the context of embryo development and in how decisions of cell fate are made. He is currently a Senior Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute, having previously worked at the MRC’s National Institute for Medical Research since 1988.

Professor Andrew Morris, Director, Health Data Research UK, and Vice-Principal of Data Science at the University of Edinburgh, was awarded a CBE for services to science in Scotland.

Andrew is the director of Health Data Research UK, a new institute which, for the first time in the world, will incorporate on a national scale the whole breadth of data science research aimed at improving human health. In his role as Chief Scientist at the Scottish Government, he supported and promoted high quality research aimed at improving the services offered by NHS Scotland and securing lasting improvements to the health of the people of Scotland. 

Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and Chair, Research Councils UK, has been awarded a CBE for services to UK engineering and science.

Philip joined EPSRC as Chief Executive in April 2014, having previously worked at the University of Southampton as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise. He will serve as the Executive Chair of EPSRC when it becomes part of UK Research and Innovation in April 2018.    

Professor Margaret Frame, Director, MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) at the University of Edinburgh, and Science Director, Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre, was awarded an OBE for services to cancer research.

Margaret’s long-held research interests are in cancer invasion and metastasis, and the role of tyrosine kinases in controlling tumour cell spread. In her role as Science Director of the Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre, Margaret formed the Edinburgh Cancer Discovery Unit with the aim of generating evidence-led tests for cancer therapeutics and combinations that will predict clinical efficacy.

Joan Flynn, lately Senior Receptionist, MRC Head Office, has been awarded a BEM for services to the MRC.

Joan joined the MRC in 1992 and quickly became the voice and face and the organisation. As the first point of contact for thousands of visitors, Joan made a vital contribution to people's perception of the MRC as a reputable body helping maintain a high standard of excellence. 

Last updated: 11/01/2018


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