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Three QMUL academics to 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 today in the Queen’s New Year 2017 Honours List.

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Professor Jack Cuzick will receive a CBE for services to cancer prevention and screening, and Professor Kam Bhui has been recognised for services to mental health research and care and will also receive a CBE. Sarah Murray, from QMUL’s Institute of Dentistry, will be appointed as MBE for services to oral health.

Speaking on her honour, Sarah Murray said: “It is a huge honour to receive recognition for being passionate about my profession and it is this, that I have strived to grow, throughout my career. Dental hygiene and dental therapy has advanced significantly over the years and I am proud to have been a small part of this. 

“There are many inspirational colleagues that I have been fortunate to have worked with, and together we have driven projects forwards, to change lives, both in dental education and for improving oral care within our clinical environments.”

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 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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