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Queen Mary Academics Honoured by the Queen

Three of our university’s researchers have been named in her majesty’s New Year honours list

A group of academics from QMUL will receive honours from the Queen for their services to healthcare research, with two awarded an appointment of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and another an appointment of the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Sarah Murray, of the Institute of Dentistry, will receive an MBE for services to oral health, while Professors Jack Cuzick and Kam Bhui, both of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, receive CBEs for services to cancer prevention and screening and mental health research and care respectively.

Professor Cuzick was the first researcher to show the effectiveness of the drug tamoxifen in the prevention of breast cancer, and later the effectiveness of aromatase inhibitors again in breast cancer prevention which can reduce incidence by over 50%.

He described it as “a great honour to be recommended for such a prestigious appointment…particularly important for the recognition it provides of the need to develop preventive therapies to tackle cancer before it occurs”.

Professor Cuzick has also developed a model for assessing breast cancer risk and led work on cervical cancer screening.

Professor Bhui, who has published work on a range of psychiatric topics such as the impact of culture and ethnicity on mental health, and co-founded his own mental health charity ‘Careif’, said he is “delighted and humbled at this honour for services to mental health research and care, and work with charities”.

Sarah Murray, a leading dental hygienist and prominent figure in oral health, having won numerous awards such as the Gerald Leatherman award at the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy conference in 2013.

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