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NK T-cell lymphoma


Professor Griffiths receives Gertrude Elion Memorial Award

23 March 2018

Professor Paul Griffiths has been selected to receive the Gertrude Elion Memorial Award of the International Society for Antiviral Research (ISAR).

Dr Hitchings and Dr Gertrude Elion

The award is named after Dr Trudy Elion who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1988 for the discovery of drugs that interfere with purine metabolism, including acyclovir and allopurinol.

The annual Gertrude Elion Memorial Award is given to an outstanding scientist, not necessarily in the field of antiviral research but someone who has made considerable contributions to the scientific field directly or peripheral to it.

Professor Griffiths will give a talk entitled, 'Quantitative Studies of HCMV in a Human Challenge Model', at the annual meeting in Porto, Portugal in June 2018.

In the publicity surrounding this award, the society has latched onto the fact that Professor Griffiths has written a crime novel, 'Lenti', for the general public, which can be purchased via Amazon.



  • Front cover of Wellcome News, Special Nobel Prize Issue, 1988, showing Hitchings and Elion (Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY. Cropped from original)