Prof Martin Birchall awarded prestigious laryngology prize

11 May 2009

UCL Stem Cell Research

Prof Martin Birchall (UCL Ear Institute) has been awarded the Walter Jobson Horne Prize from the British Medical Association (BMA) for his internationally recognised work in immunological and stem cell research.

Professor Birchall set up the UK’s first laryngeal transplantation group, enabled by funding from the Wellcome Trust. The team he leads has published extensively in the area of upper airway immunology.

More recently, Professor Birchall achieved international recognition for his part in a European team who successfully replaced a young woman’s trachea using laboratory cultured airway epithelium in 2008. This was the first clinical application of a tissue-engineered airway transplant. It was his work with the transplant team that led Professor Birchall to win the Morgan Stanley/Sunday Telegraph Great Briton prize in the science and technology category in 2008. 

The Walter Jobson Horne Prize is awarded annually to a member of the BMA in recognition of work which has advanced the science and practice of laryngology and otology.

 

UCL Context

The UCL Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, officially launched on 24th April 2009, brings together over 140 research groups from several faculties, specialised hospitals and institutes across UCL including the MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), with a common interest in all aspects of stem cells, tissue engineering, repair and regeneration and the development of their therapeutic and biotechnological potential.

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