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06 January 2017

 

Key people in the world of haematology in the UK have been honoured in the annual New Year's Awards.

Edward Webb, former deputy director for tissue, embryology and donation at the Department of Health, was made a CBE.

Professor Ghulam Jeelani Mufti, professor of haemato-oncology at King's College, London, becomes an OBE.

Lucy Cavendish College member, Dr Lorna Williamson has been awarded an OBE in this year’s honours list for her work in the advancement of organ, stem cell and tissue donation for transplantation.

A further OBE has gone to Professor James Charles Neil, professor of virology and molecular oncology at Glasgow University.

There was also an award for Richard Delderfield, one of the honorary presidents of the charity Bloodwise, was made an MBE for services to leukaemia and lymphoma research.

Professor Amanda Fisher, director of the Medical Research Council clinical sciences centre at Imperial College, London, was made a Dame for her work on HIV and stem cell research.

According to the Cabinet Office, some 7% of the honours awarded at the weekend went to people in the health field and 2% went to scientists.

Professor Fisher said: “I hope this recognition will enable me to make a real difference in two areas. First, to highlight the essential contribution that discovery science can make to life-saving treatments, even when this may not at first be obvious.

“When I began work on HIV, my focus was on how to get bits of DNA into human blood cells to see if they would express certain genes. When we tried this technique with DNA from HIV we struck gold. Infectious virus was produced.

"With the luxury of hindsight this was important because it helped to establish HIV as the virus that caused AIDS, and allowed us to find out what each of the virus’s genes do.

“And second, it matters to me that it’s still a struggle to attract girls into science and to persuade them to stay. There’s strength in diverse teams in science, as in so many walks of life."