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NIHR Scientists recognised in New Year Honours list

Researchers awarded New Year Honours

Published: 05 January 2023

We are delighted to recognise the wide range of current and former NIHR researchers and leaders who were recognised in this year’s New Year Honours list.

We at the NIHR offer our warmest congratulations to them all, and thank them for the significant contributions they have made to health and care research.

Marian Knight is Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health at Oxford Population Health’s National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, and Director of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme. She received an MBE for services to maternal and public health. Her research focuses on the care and prevention of severe complications of pregnancy and early life and addressing disparities in outcomes for women and babies from different population groups.

Professor Lyn Chitty has been made Dame for services to medicine. She is Deputy Director of the NIHR GOSH Biomedical Research Centre. Professor Chitty is based at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. She is the UK’s only Professor of Genetics and Foetal Medicine. She has pioneered research into rapid and non-invasive prenatal diagnosis and was responsible for the creation of the foetal size standards which have been used throughout the UK and beyond.

Professor Nigel Cunliffe is an NIHR Senior Investigator. He is also Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Infections and Director of the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Gastrointestinal Infections. He has been awarded an OBE for services to infectious disease and vaccine research.

Professor Ewen Harrison leads the NIHR Unit on Global Surgery at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with the University of Birmingham. He is also Professor of Surgery and Data Science at the University of Edinburgh. He has been awarded an OBE for services to the Covid-19 response. His work supported government committees during the pandemic.

Professor Janet Lord is co-theme lead for acute response to injury at the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology and Research Centre. She has been awarded a CBE for services to older people.

Professor Joanne Rycroft-Malone is the former Programme Director of NIHR Health and Social Care Delivery Research Programme. She has been awarded an OBE for services to health and social care research.

Professor Chris Day is former Director of NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre. He has been awarded a CBE for services to health research and treatment.

Eugene Milne is Honorary Emeritus Professor of Public Health and recently retired Director of Public Health (DPH) for Newcastle upon Tyne. He has been awarded an MBE for services to public health and wellbeing. He has a long involvement with the NIHR, serving on its Public Health Prioritisation Committee.

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