Northern Ireland

Top honour for QUB cancer specialist Prof Patrick Johnston

One of the UK's leading researchers into cancer has been recognised for excellence in medical science.

Professor Patrick Johnston, Dean of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen's University Belfast has been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Johnston has been honoured for outstanding contributions to the advancement of medical science and, in particular, his work on cancer research and treatment of patients.

Professor Johnston said: "I am delighted to have been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. It is an honour and privilege to have had my contribution to medical science, in particular my contribution to cancer research and cancer patients recognised in this way."

Queen's University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Peter Gregson said: "This is a tremendous personal accolade for one of the UK's finest cancer researchers.

"Professor Johnston's award is further recognition of the outstanding work he is doing at Queen's University as he continues to build an internationally recognised School and Institute of Health Sciences that will have both a local and global impact."

The Academy's Fellows are the United Kingdom's leading medical scientists and are elected for outstanding contribution to the advancement of medical science, for innovative application of scientific knowledge or for their conspicuous service to healthcare.

Professor Johnston will be formally admitted to the Academy at a ceremony in London on 27 June 2012.