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Sussex molecular biologist wins Silvanus Thompson Medal

A Sussex molecular biologist has been awarded the Silvanus Thompson Medal.

Professor Jeggo receiving the Silvanus Thompson AwardProfessor Andrew Jones, the president of the British Institute of Radiology, presented Professor Jeggo with the Silvanus Thompson Award.

Professor Penny Jeggo, a senior scientist at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, received the award at the British Institute of Radiology President’s Conference, held in London on Wednesday 24 April.

The award was presented to Professor Jeggo by the president of the British Institute of Radiology, Professor Andrew Jones, along with an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her significant contributions to radiobiology and DNA damage research.

Professor Jeggo said: “I am thrilled to receive the 2013 Silvanus Thompson award. Looking at the past awardees, it is evident that this is a highly prestigious award and I feel honoured to have my name placed alongside so many eminent people.

“Silvanus Thompson aimed to foster links between medicine, physics and photography. Now in 2013, even further links are required to promote interactions between the related yet distinct disciplines that impact on radiology.

“As a cell and molecular biologist with a focus on radiation damage, I am delighted to receive this recognition and hope I can further promote interactions and communication.”

Professor Jeggo, whose career spans 40 years, also delivered the Silvanus Thompson memorial lecture at the annual conference, entitled ‘Analysis of DNA damage response to radiation exposure using cell biology and imaging approaches’.

The British Institute of Radiology, the oldest radiology society in the world, described Professor Jeggo as “inspirational to many working in the field of radiobiology and cancer and a great supporter of radiation research in the UK”.