In addition to providing funding to support research, Tenovus Scotland offers a small number of National Awards in recognition of research excellence. Two awards were made in 2020.
Lady Margaret MacLellan Award – a biennial award for ‘outstanding contributions to medical science in Scotland’. The chosen topic area for 2020 was ‘Communicable Diseases’ and the award has gone to Professor John Dillon from the University of Dundee in recognition of his work in the field of hepatitis, particularly Hepatitis C. His early work characterised the epidemiology of Hepatitis C and led to the development of new models of careprovision such that, by the end of 2019, NHS Tayside had diagnosed 90% of cases and treated 80% of eligible patients meeting, 11 years early, the WHO target for reducing Hepatitis C. The new models of care are being widely copied across Europe and beyond.
Lady Illingworth Trust Award – a 5-yearly award for an outstanding contribution to the understanding of the disabilities which affect elderly people within the British Isles. The award has gone to Professor Gillian Mead from the University of Edinburgh for her work on post-stroke rehabilitation. In particular, she pioneered physical fitness training for stroke survivors, working with exercise professionals to develop pathways into community exercise. She has also undertaken considerable research into post-stroke fatigue, showing definitively that anti-depressant therapy is not helpful for this symptom. More recently she has developed interests in palliative care following stroke and has a world-wide reputation in this field.
Congratulations to both award recipients – the awards will be presented once current restrictions are lifted. Several other nominations were received for each award, any of which would have been worthy winners. The judges had a hard task indeed!
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