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Sir Mark Walport receives prestigious international award recognising leadership in health research

02/06/2020

Sir Mark Walport receives prestigious international award recognising leadership in health research

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), has been awarded the 2020 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research.

The Friesen Prize, established in 2005 by the Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FCIHR), recognizes exceptional innovation by a visionary health leader of international stature. Sir Mark Walport will deliver a series of public talks this autumn and in 2021 as part of the prize programme.

Professor Sir Mark Walport said:

“I’m delighted to be awarded the 2020 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research – it’s a great honour to be recognised for my work in this field.

“It has been an enormous privilege to be a leader in this sector in my roles at CEO of UKRI and previously as Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of the Wellcome Trust. Health research makes a hugely important contribution to society, which is being shown at the moment in the vital research being undertaken around the world into Covid-19. I look forward to delivering the Friesen Prize speaking programme over the coming months.”

For further information on Friends of CIHR and the Friesen International Prize, please visit: www.fcihr.ca.


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