24 January 2007

New Year Honours for two Sheffield academics

The University of Sheffield’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has two reasons to celebrate following the announcement of this year’s Queen’s New Year Honours List, with awards going to two of the School's academics.

Gordon Duff, Florey Professor of Molecular Medicine and previously Medical Research Dean at the University, received a knighthood for his services to public health. Last year Sir Gordon, who is chairman of the Commission on Human Medicines and the national biological standards board, led an inquiry into safety after the Northwick Park drugs trial that left six men seriously ill. His subsequent report contained 22 recommendations to increase safety in clinical studies.

Stuart Tanner, Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, was awarded a CBE for his contribution to medicine. Professor Tanner is a leader in childhood liver disease and his research has gained him international respect. He has also been recognised for his services to best practice within the NHS.

Professor Tony Weetman, Dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, added: "I am delighted that the outstanding work of Professors Duff and Tanner has been recognised in this way. Both of them have made huge contributions to the success of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in teaching and research, as well as to the health of the nation, and their awards are richly deserved."