Colleagues celebrate New Year Honours

Three professors from Leeds will receive New Year Honours for their ground-breaking work in the health sector.

Professors Paul Emery, Mark Wilcox and Peter Giannoudis have been awarded New Year Honours

Colleagues celebrate New Year Honours. January 2024

Paul Emery, Mark Wilcox and Peter Giannoudis have all been recognised for their outstanding academic efforts.

Professor Emery, whose research on early intervention in inflammatory arthritis has been adopted around the world, has been awarded a CBE for services to rheumatology.

Alongside his student teaching and supervision roles in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, he is Versus Arthritis Professor of Rheumatology at the Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disease at the University.

A former director of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Leeds Biomedical Research Centre and past president of the European Society for Rheumatology, Professor Emery was awarded an OBE in 2018.

Colleagues celebrate New Year Honours. January 2024

Professor Paul Emery, Versus Arthritis Professor of Rheumatology

Expert advisor

Mark Wilcox, Professor of Medical Microbiology and Sir Edward Brotherton Chair of Bacteriology in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, has been awarded an OBE for services to healthcare, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Wilcox, who joined the University in 1995, is the National Clinical Director for Infection Prevention and Control at NHS England and chaired the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) Sub-Committee on Hospital Onset COVID Infection.

At Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, he’s Head of Microbiology Research & Development, and Infection Lead of the Leeds NIHR Diagnostic Technologies Medical Technology and In Vitro Diagnostic Co-operative. Professor Wilcox is also an expert advisor to the Department of Health and Social Care on healthcare associated infections.

“I am taken aback by this award,” said Professor Wilcox, who also supervises postgraduate researchers. “I want to acknowledge and thank all of my colleagues in Leeds at the University and trust, and in NHS England – especially during the pandemic – for their support and friendship over almost 30 years, and most of all the rocks that are my family.”

Colleagues celebrate New Year Honours. January 2024

Mark Wilcox, Professor of Medical Microbiology (Copyright: Duomedia)

Rebuilding lives

Peter Giannoudis, Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedics in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, has been awarded an MBE for services to trauma and orthopaedic surgery.

Founder of Day One Trauma Support, which helps those affected by major physical trauma to rebuild their lives, he’s also an Honorary Consultant and head of clinical trials at Leeds General Infirmary.

Professor Giannoudis also teaches postgraduate trauma and orthopaedics students, foundation doctors and trauma fellows, with his research interests including immune-inflammatory response following accidental and surgical trauma, bone regeneration and clinical outcomes following fracture fixation.

He said: “I’m humbled and surprised by this award, which would not have happened without the support of the University, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, my colleagues and family.

“We have to ensure the medical work and research we carry out at the University and LTHT continues and that we build on our reputation as a renowned centre of excellence.”

Colleagues celebrate New Year Honours. January 2024

Peter Giannoudis, Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedics in the Faculty of Medicine and Health

Proud moment

Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Interim Vice-Chancellor and President, said: “It is always a proud moment to see the achievements of members of our University community recognised and celebrated in the New Year Honours, and I warmly congratulate our colleagues.

“These well-deserved accolades acknowledge the world-leading quality of their research and excellence in delivering student education.

“Their work delivers real impact by addressing some of the biggest challenges faced by the wider world – inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps.”

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