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Celebrating excellence in our research community

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by Cancer Research UK | Research Feature

8 June 2018

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We’re delighted to congratulate members of our research community recently elected to several prestigious organisations.

Commenting on the recent elections, Iain Foulkes, our Executive Director of Research & Innovation at CRUK, said:

Congratulations to all the members of our research community who have been recognised for their remarkable contribution to advancing cancer research. The number of recent elections among our funded researchers is a testament to the calibre of the Cancer Research UK community as well as their outstanding personal achievements.

Royal Society Fellowships

Four members of our research community were among the 50 scientists elected as Fellows of the Royal Society for their exceptional contributions to science. The Fellowship of the Royal Society is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists in the UK and the Commonwealth.

  • Professor Vincenzo Cerundolo, CRUK Oxford Centre
  • Professor Greg Hannon, CRUK Cambridge Institute
  • Professor Richard Marais, CRUK Manchester Institute
  • Professor Charles Swanton, The Francis Crick Institute


Prof Vincenzo CerundoloI am extremely honoured and humbled to have received such an important recognition. I am certain that having the privilege to work in the MRC Human Immunology Unit at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine of the University of Oxford, receiving funding and support from Cancer Research UK for more than 15 years and being part of such a vibrant scientific community of cancer researchers has contributed enormously to this achievement.

— Professor Vincenzo Cerundolo, Professor of Immunology, CRUK Oxford Centre


Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowships

The Academy of Medical Sciences elected 48 of the UK’s world-leading researchers to the join the Fellowship of the Academy, including six CRUK-funded researchers. The new Fellows have been elected for their outstanding contributions to biomedical and health science, leading research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and the wider society.

  • Dr David Adams, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • Dr James Larkin, The Royal Marsden
  • Professor Christopher Nutting, The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research
  • Professor Ruth Plummer, Newcastle University
  • Dr Jesper Svejstrup, The Francis Crick Institute
  • Dr Sharan Tooze, University College London


Prof Ruth PlummerI am truly honoured to be elected into the Fellowship of The Academy of Medical Sciences, most importantly for the recognition it brings to my dedicated research team, a group who work tirelessly to take new cancer drugs into the clinic.

— Professor Ruth Plummer, Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine, Newcastle University


National Academy of Sciences Foreign Associates

In addition to electing 84 new members, the United States National Academy of Sciences elected 21 foreign associates in recognition of their achievements in original research. Three members of our community were recognised with this honour.

  • Professor Tomas Lindahl, The Francis Crick Institute
  • Professor Simon Tavaré, CRUK Cambridge Institute
  • Professor Karen Vousden, The Francis Crick Institute


Prof Karen VousdenI’m delighted to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The election is a great honour for me and it reflects the hard work and dedication of all the fantastic scientists who have worked with me over the years, and who deserve much of the credit.

— Professor Karen Vousden, CRUK Chief Scientist


European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Membership

And finally, Greg Hannon has been given further reason to celebrate as he was also elected as a member by EMBO for his outstanding contribution to the life sciences. Greg joins a community of more than 1,800 of leading researchers in Europe and around the world.


Prof Greg HannonI feel so grateful to be welcomed into the UK science community and to European science in this way. Either of these recognitions alone would have been a true honour, but to be elected to the Royal Society and EMBO in the same year is exceptionally special.

— Professor Greg Hannon, Director of the CRUK Cambridge Institute


Congratulations to everyone on these well-deserved accolades.