Doreen Cantrell awarded Feldberg Prize 2023

Published on 7 February 2023

Doreen Cantrell has been named the British recipient of the Feldberg Prize 2023 from the Feldberg Foundation.

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This annual award to given to a scientist who is deemed outstanding in their particular field.

“In 2023 as we exit from COVID directed seclusion it is more important than ever to drive international collaboration in science,” says Doreen. “I am delighted that the research of myself and my team has been recognised by the Feldberg Foundation.”

The purpose of the Foundation is the promotion of scientific contact between German and English scientists within the sphere of experimental medical research, in particular in physiology, pharmacology and related topics, primarily by the establishment of scientific exchange lectures.  Each year a German and a British scientist are chosen to receive a prize, and in recognition of the bestowal of the prize each recipient gives a prize lecture in each other's country and up to two other lectures in addition.

Professor Julian Blow, Dean of the School of Life Sciences, said, “I am delighted to hear that Doreen has been awarded this prestigious prize. It is well-deserved recognition of the excellence of her research on T cells and the basic biology of the adaptive immune response. Doreen has also worked very effectively to support science both nationally and internationally, such as her current role as Trustee of Cancer Research UK. She is a very worthy recipient of the Feldberg Prize.”

The German Prize recipient was Jan Born, Director of the Department of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

About the Feldberg Foundation

The Foundation was established in 1961 by Wilhelm Siegmund Feldberg (1900 – 1993) CBE, FRS MD Berlin; MA Cantab; FRS 1947; FRCP 1978.

Professor Feldberg was born in Hamburg. He studied in Germany and undertook his research career in the UK, Australia and Germany. His research career of more than sixty years produced 354 scientific papers covering the synthesis of acetylcholine and pharmacological studies on the central nervous system.

In 1961 Professor Feldberg used the restitution money he received from the German Government, and the pension he was given as Emeritus Professor in Germany to establish the Feldberg Foundation.


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