A number of immunologists have been recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List, with contributions to the Covid-19 pandemic response particularly noted. The British Society for Immunology would like to extend our congratulations to the following outstanding immunologists recognised for their services.
Professor Fiona Powrie FRS - Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences and Director of the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at the University of Oxford. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to medical science. Professor Powrie is well known for her seminal work on regulatory T cells and now works in the translational space examining how the interaction between the intestinal microbiota and the host immune system breaks down in inflammatory bowel disease. She has pioneered gut immunology research and has trained and inspired scores of new immunologists in the field.
Professor Stephen Powis - National Medical Director, NHS England and NHS Improvement and Professor of Renal Medicine at University College London. He has been appointed honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) for services to the NHS, particularly during Covid-19. Professor Powis took up the role of National Medical Director in 2018 and has steered the organisation through the unprecedented demands of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Professor Paul Moss - Professor of Haematology at University of Birmingham. He has been appointed honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to immunotherapy and to Covid-19 research. Professor Moss has shown incredible leadership during the pandemic working across the immunology community to coordinate and synergise efforts for COVID immunology work. Working closely with the BSI, he led the development of the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium, and currently co-leads the immunology component of the Government’s National Core Studies initiative in COVID research.
Professor Saul Faust - Professor of Paediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases and Director, National Institute for Health and Care Research Southampton Clinical Research Facility, University of
Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. He has been appointed honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the Covid-19 response. Prof Faust leads of one of the largest Covid vaccine studies, COV-BOOST, examining the safety, immune responses and side-effects of a variety of vaccines when used as a third booster dose.