Awards for Centre members

The Wright Medal for Keith Matthews and Descartes Prize for Vazquez-Boland

The Wright Medal for Keith Matthews

Keith Matthews has been awarded the C.A. Wright Memorial medal to recognize outstanding contributions to the discipline of parasitology. “The recipient is a scientist in mid-career who, it is considered, will confirm their already outstanding achievements to become a truly distinguished future leader of their field. The medal was presented by the president of the British Society for Parasitology in the presence of 400 delegates at the annual meeting of the society, held at the University of Newcastle in early April 2008.”

Past winners of the medal were Rick Maizels and Mark Woolhouse, Director and Deputy Director of the Centre.

Descartes Prize for Vazquez-Boland

Jose Vazquez-Boland was awarded the Descartes Prize for excellence in transnational research cooperation together with the members of the VIRLIS consortium. This consortium was established in 1995 by Jose Vazquez-Boland and colleagues from France, Spain and Germany and is committed to advancing the knowledge on the molecular and cellular basis of the virulence of Listeria monocytogenes and the genomics of these food-borne pathogenic bacteria. The ceremony was held in Brussels on 12 March 2008. Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Science & Research, presented the awards and said "These awards represent the best that Europe has to offer. They honour qualities that are important for all scientists, researchers, inventors and science communicators – excellence, openness and creativity."

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