Two haematologists have been honoured by the Queen in the awards issued as part of last week’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Professor Paul Moss, of the University of Birmingham, was awarded an OBE with special reference to his role in researching COVID-19 and developing immunotherapy for cancers and viral infections
Recently, Prof Moss led the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium (UK-CIC) that brought together top immunologists from 20 UK universities to understand the immune response to COVID-19. The consortium defined long-lived anti-COVID immunity, identified new targets for treatment and made clear the mechanisms by which variants of the virus evade the immune system.
Commenting on the OBE, Prof Moss said: “It is a great honour to receive this award and it reflects the magnificent contribution that has been made over the last two years by my laboratory colleagues with support from across the University.”
There was also an OBE for Professor Alejandro Madrigal, of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, for his services to haematology and his role as scientific director of the charity Anthony Nolan.
Prof Madrigal was appointed as the charity’s Head of Research in 1993, and then its first scientific director in 1995, a role he spent 27 years in before stepping down two years ago.
He established the charity’s research institute, playing a key role in developing stem cell transplantation. The institute developed innovative techniques for understanding and identifying the genetic factors that contribute to a successful transplant.
Prof Madrigal said: “I feel it is a real testament to how fortunate and privileged I have been to work with so many supportive and exceptional colleagues, to whom I am forever grateful, for their dedication in improving the outcome of the lives of patients with blood cancer in need of a stem cell transplant.
“I would like to give special mention to Shirley Nolan, who in 1974 established the world’s first unrelated bone marrow register in her son, Anthony’s, name. I feel she would be very proud of the extraordinary achievements, passion, and dedication of everyone who is part of this magnificent institution. She would also be proud of the increase in donor registers around the world, through which, today, there are more than 40 million donors.”
The charity’s chief executive Henny Braund said: “Driven by the will to save and improve the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders, Alejandro’s legacy will benefit future generations of patients. I have seen first-hand his passion for teaching and education which countless students and colleagues have benefitted from. Former students are currently leading important research centres and registries around the world.”
Source: UK Cabinet Office / University of Birmingham / Anthony Nolan
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