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The University of Southampton

Academics receive Queen’s Birthday Honours

Published: 10 June 2016
Professor Peter Johnson
Professor Peter Johnson

Two leading academics from the University of Southampton have received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Peter Johnson , Cancer Research UK Chair of Medical Oncology, has received a CBE in recognition for his services to medicine and higher education. Dr Alan Borthwick , Associate Professor in the Centre for Innovation and Leadership, has received an OBE for services to health and health research.

Professor Peter Johnson said: “I am delighted to have received this honour, although it is really down to working with outstanding colleagues in Southampton and at Cancer Research UK. I am fortunate to be working at an extraordinarily exciting time in cancer research, especially in my field of cancer immunology which has seen such ground-breaking advances recently.”

Dr Alan Borthwick
Dr Alan Borthwick

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, University of Southampton President and Vice-Chancellor, said: “I am delighted that the exceptional contributions of Peter and Alan have been recognised. Peter’s leadership in oncology and immunotherapy have been of fundamental importance both nationally and at the University of Southampton. Alan has been the driving force behind important developments in the healthcare profession and podiatry.”

Professor Johnson leads the Southampton Cancer Research UK Centre and is Chief Clinician for Cancer Research UK. Professor Johnson is a medical oncologist specialising in the treatment of lymphoma. He has led lymphoma clinical trials from large international studies involving hundreds of patients from around the world, to first-in-man trials of new antibody treatments developed by laboratories in Southampton and elsewhere.

Professor Johnson’s main research interest is in immunotherapy - using the immune system to fight cancer – and he has been instrumental in the University’s fundraising campaign to open a Centre for Cancer Immunology in 2017 , the first of its kind in the UK.

Dr Borthwick, a podiatrist by background, represented the Allied Health Professions Federation on the Department of Health Project Board in securing independent prescribing rights for the professions of podiatry and physiotherapy, and also contributed to changes in legislation enabling additions to the statutory exemptions available to podiatrists. He has been a member of the medicines committee of the College of Podiatry for 15 years, and was its chairman for seven years.

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