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Professor Freddie Hamdy, Prof Rajesh Vasantlal Thakker, Prof Claudia Turner, Prof Paul Turner and Prof Rachel Upthegrove have been recognised and celebrated in the 2024 King's Birthday Honours list.

Radcliffe camera © Howie Chu / Graduate Photography Competition

Professor Freddie Hamdy  has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Surgical and Cancer Sciences.

Professor Freddie Hamdy, Nuffield Professor of Surgery and Head of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences said: 'I am delighted and humbled to receive this award in recognition of decades of work with wonderful colleagues and teams in Surgical and Cancer Sciences. It is this cornerstone of patient centered multidisciplinary approach to surgical research and innovation which is being recognised. I hope this will inspire new generations of talented colleagues to not just reach what they perceive they can, but what they think they cannot.'


Professor Rajesh Vasantlal Thakker has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Medical Science and to People with Hereditary and Rare Disorders.

Professor Rajesh Thakker, May Professor of Medicine at the Radcliffe Department of Medicine said: 'I am delighted to receive this honour on behalf of the endocrine community and the Nuffield and Radcliffe Departments of Medicine. I would like to thank my wonderful team of clinical and scientific researchers and global collaborators, whose dedicated work has elucidated molecular mechanisms for endocrine and metabolic diseases, that has also facilitated translation of scientific advances into benefits for patients. Patients are central to all our work and their courage and determination to triumph over many adversities has been a constant inspiration. I am indebted to all of them and the medical research funding organisations for their support.'


Professor Claudia Turner has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Children’s Health in Cambodia and Thailand.

Professor Turner, Head of Clinical Research at the Cambodia-Oxford Medical Research Unit (COMRU) and Nuffield Department of Medicine Associate Professor, commented: 'I am thrilled and a little overwhelmed to be given this honour. My time spent in Thailand and Cambodia has been a marvellous adventure and great privilege. I have worked with some remarkable people and would not have achieved all that I did without them.'


Professor Paul Turner has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Children’s Health in Cambodia and Thailand.  

Professor Turner, Professor of Paediatric Microbiology at the Nuffield Department of Medicine said: 'I am delighted to receive this honour, which is a reflection of the dedication and hard work of a fantastic team. The work that we do in Cambodia has had positive impacts on the treatment and prevention of severe bacterial infections in children and it wonderful to have it recognised in this way.'


Professor Rachel Upthegrove has been appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to mental health research and life sciences.

Professor Rachel Upthegrove, will be joining the Department of Psychiatry in August as Director-Designate of the Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, said: 'I am thrilled to have been honoured with an MBE for services to Mental Health research. Improving our understanding of mental illness and creating new and effective interventions and therapies is vitally important, especially for those experiencing mental ill health and their families. I am proud this work has been recognised



Read the full story and about other members of the University who also received honours on the University of Oxford website.