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Double recognition for pioneering research at Cardiff

22 Hydref 2009

The presentation of the Baly Medal to Professor Sir Martin EvansProfessor Sir Martin Evans (left) receives the Baly Medal from Sir Ian Gilmore, President of the Royal College of Physicians

Pioneering research at Cardiff University has been recognised by one of the oldest medical institutions in the world.

The Royal College of Physicians has presented awards to the University’s new President, Professor Sir Martin Evans, FRS and Professor David Price, School of Medicine.

Sir Martin, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, received the Baly Medal in memory of Dr William Baly FRCP FRS (1814-61) awarded to "a person deemed to have most distinguished himself in the science of physiology".

Sir Martin is the University’s new President, the most senior of the University’s honorary officers, succeeding Lord Neil Kinnock who held the post since 1998. He was the first scientist to identify embryonic stem cells, which can be adapted for a wide variety of medical purposes. His discoveries are now being applied in virtually all areas of biomedicine - from basic research to the development of new therapies.

Professor David Price, Chair of Infection and Immunity at the School of Medicine, received the Graham Bull Prize in Clinical Science. This is an annual award recognising the work of a young researcher who has made a major contribution to clinical science.

Professor Price has been conducting pioneering research in the area of T-cell immunity with partners in the United States since joining the School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Biochemistry and Immunology in 2007.

In collaboration with the Vaccine Research Centre at the US National Institutes of Health in Maryland, his research explores natural human immune responses in order to better inform rational vaccine design. This has resulted in the development of high-technology approaches to enabling the detailed analysis of adaptive immune responses at the level of T-cell antigen receptors.

Dr David Grant, Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor said: "I congratulate our new President and Professor Price on this double success for Cardiff. Sir Martin joins a highly eminent list of Baly Medal holders, including Charles Darwin, recognised for outstanding achievements 'in the science of physiology'. Professor Price's award reflects Cardiff's important contribution to clinical science strengthened by international collaborations, such as his own."

The awards were made following the Harveian Oration, an annual lecture at the Royal College of Physicians in London, this year delivered by University Honorary Fellow Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz FRS, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council. The College aims to ensure high quality care for patients by promoting the highest standards of medical practice.