Two world-leading academics at Newcastle University have been given a prestigious honour for their outstanding work in health research and evolutionary biology.
Professors Sir Doug Turnbull and Martin Embley, from the Faculty of Medical Sciences, have been appointed as Fellows of the Royal Society (FRS).
Sir Doug has devoted his career to the treatment and research of mitochondrial disease and led a team at Newcastle University which changed the law to allow an IVF technique known as mitochondrial donation.
He said: “I am delighted to be elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society. It is a great honour.
“This Fellowship highlights the exceptional quality of mitochondrial research performed within the Wellcome Centre at Newcastle University.”
In 2010, Sir Doug’s work was recognised when he and his colleagues were awarded the coveted Wellcome Centre Status, one of only a handful in the UK.
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