University health and business experts among those honoured by the Queen

Five members of The University of Manchester have been honoured by the Queen in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list.

Professor Caroline Dive, the Deputy Director of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, based at The University of Manchester has received a CBE for her services to cancer research. Professor Dive is a world leader in developing ‘liquid biopsies’ to hunt cancer cells that have broken free from tumours and are circulating in the bloodstream. Her work on developing simple blood tests to capture cancer cells could help researchers understand how lung cancer changes as it grows and spreads, and how it can become resistant to treatment. In turn, this will open up opportunities to develop new therapies to treat this disease more effectively.

Professor Diane Coyle, has also been made CBE for her services to Economics and the Public Understanding of Economics. She is author of several books and was previously Vice Chair of the BBC Trust (to April 2015), a member of the Migration Advisory Committee (2007-2012) and the Competition Commission (2001-2009). She was economics Editor of the Independent to 2001, with previous jobs in HM Treasury and DRI Europe and is a regular contributor in the media.

Professor Chris Griffiths has received the OBE for his contribution to dermatology. Professor Griffiths is Foundation Professor of Dermatology at The University of Manchester and Consultant Dermatologist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. He has a particular interest in psoriasis and is Director of the MRC stratified medicine consortium - psoriasis stratification to optimise relevant therapy – (PSORT) and Chief Investigator of the national pharmacovigilance register for psoriasis – British Association of Dermatologists Biologic Interventions Register (BADBIR). He also leads a large research programme on skin ageing and is the founder of the skincare company CG Skin.

The final health researcher in this year’s list is Professor Pippa Tyrell who has received the MBE for her services to stroke medicine and care. Professor Tyrell is Professor of Stroke Medicine and an Honorary Consultant in Stroke Medicine at the Comprehensive Stroke Centre at Salford Royal Foundation Trust. She is Associate Director of the Royal College of Physicians Stroke programme with responsibility for the National Stroke Audit, SSNAP.

Honorary Professor Vikas Shah, of Alliance Manchester Business School has also been made an MBE. Professor Shah is a multi-award winning entrepreneur. Among his many notable achievements, Professor Shah has built businesses in diverse sectors across the world for almost 20 years, such as management consultancy Thought Economics and property investment company While It’s Free. His senior positions include CEO of film company Fifty Three Degrees North, and managing director of leading commodities and textiles trader Swiscot Group. A respected leader in the business community, Vikas sits on the Digital Advisory Board of The British Council and the government’s UK Industrial Development Board, as well as holding a seat on Alliance Manchester Business School’s Advisory Board.

Congratulations from all at The University of Manchester to this year’s recipients.

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