Knighthood honour for outstanding obesity expert- Prof Stephen Bloom

Professor Stephen Bloom, from Imperial College London who is described as an “outstanding clinical academic” and pioneer in the field of obesity and diabetes research has received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list.Knighthood honour for outstanding obesity expert- Prof Stephen BloomProf Bloom is currently leading a research group investigating appetite control systems and gut hormones.

Their discovery that oxyntomodulin reduces appetite offers a potential new treatment for obesity.

Prof Bloom said he was delighted by his knighthood.

“This is a testament to the efforts of a great many colleagues with whom I have worked over the years. This is a unique period in the history of scientific research when we are at last able to work out the details of how the body functions and therefore contribute to the prevention of disease. I am proud that the units are helping patients. I get letters from them all the time.”

Professor Sir Keith O’Nions, rector of Imperial College London, said Prof Bloom’s research was “pioneering” and had changed the approach to treating obesity, for the benefit of everyone in society.

A large variety of vocations are also honoured in health and medicine.

They include MBEs for six GPs, five nurses, a physiotherapist, two pharmacists, a dentist and a volunteer ambulance driver.

John Wallwork, professor of cardiothoracic surgery and director of transplantation at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, is the recipient of a CBE.

Julie Moore, chief executive of University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust becomes a Dame. Her personal involvement in the development and staffing of the military managed ward concept at Selly Oak Hospital has been recognised.

Christine Mills, founder of Hope for Tomorrow charity, receives an MBE for launching the first UK mobile chemotherapy unit.

She founded the charity after her husband died from cancer of the spine and wanted to alleviate the suffering of people travelling long distances to and from hospital to receive chemotherapy treatment.

She raised enough money to build the world’s first mobile chemotherapy unit, which can treat 12 to 20 cancer patients a day on the road, complete with two dedicated nurses.

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