New Years Honours for BRC team members

Photo of Paul Emery

Exciting news to begin the new year that BRC clinical partners have had their important work recognised in the New Years Honours List.

Prof Paul Emery has been awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to Rheumatology. Paul was previously awarded an OBE in 2018 and is the former director of Leeds BRC.

His research on early identification and treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) has been adopted worldwide and he is at the forefront of international efforts to understand ‘pre-clinical’ RA, where people have risk factors without arthritis.

He has also recruited the largest group of at-risk individuals worldwide and has developed risk prediction tools, which are used by health professionals to identify people at high risk of developing RA. 

Prof Peter Giannoudis, the BRC’s Surgical Theme Lead has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery.

Peter is the founder of Day One Trauma Support which helps those affected by major physical trauma to rebuild their lives. 

His research has focused on nonunion of bone repair where bones fail to heal, which costs the NHS £320M each year. His research has developed the ‘diamond concept’ for bone healing, highlighting the five parameters that must be present for minimising the risk of developing nonunion including the abolition of anti-inflammatory drugs after fracture fixation.

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

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

Prof Mark Wilcox who conducts research as part of our Anti-Microbial Resistance theme was also awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to services to healthcare, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am taken aback by this award,” said Professor Wilcox. “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.”