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Cuzick and Bhui receive honours from the Queen

Academics from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have been given two appointments of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and an appointment of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), as published in the Queen’s New Year 2017 Honours List.

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Professor Jack Cuzick (photo on the right) received a CBE for services to cancer prevention and screening, and Professor Kam Bhui had been recognised for services to mental health research and care and also received a CBE. Sarah Murray, from QMUL’s Institute of Dentistry, will be appointed as MBE for services to oral health.

Professor Jack Cuzick, Director of QMUL’s Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine and Head of the Centre for Cancer Prevention, said: “It is a great honour to be recommended for such a prestigious appointment. This is particularly important for the recognition it provides of the need to develop preventive therapies to tackle cancer before it occurs, much as now is done for heart disease.

“An enormous amount of research has been carried out which has provided clear evidence of the benefits of acting early to identify those at risk of cancer and prevent the onset of the disease with appropriate medication, rather than offering treatments when it may be too late.”

Professor Cuzick was the first to show that the drug tamoxifen was highly effective in the prevention of breast cancer, and subsequently demonstrated the superior efficacy and safety of aromatase inhibitor drugs, which can reduce breast cancer incidence by over 50 per cent. He also developed a widely used model for assessing breast cancer risk, and led work on human papilloma virus DNA testing - now the primary screening method for cervical cancer in many places.

Professor Kam Bhui from QMUL’s Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine said: “I am delighted and humbled at this honour for services to mental health research and care, and my work with charities, health services and universities nationally and globally. Innovations are driven by research and learning to improve societal success, reduce health inequalities, and enhance patient care and wellbeing. There is much more to be done.”

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