Professor Leigh is honoured in the The Queen’s Birthday Honours List
The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June brought a CBE for Professor Irene Leigh, former Vice-Principal of Research and Head of the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.
Professor Leigh was given the honour for her services to medicine. She was awarded an OBE in 2006.
The summer also brought a further honour for Professor Leigh as she was given the Archibald Gray Medal of the British Association of Dermatologists at their annual meeting in Birmingham. The medal is the highest accolade in dermatology in the UK.
Professor Leigh is a world-renowned authority on skin biology and disease and has extensive experience of managing research programmes in universities and the National Health Service. She has served in senior posts in national and European dermatological research and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1999.
Professor Leigh still holds the Chair of Cellular and Molecular Medicine in the School of Medicine.
She arrived at Dundee in 2006 from her previous post as Joint Director of Research and Development for Barts and the London Trust/School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Professor Leigh is currently organising the International Investigative Dermatology 2013 meeting which will take place in Edinburgh from 8th to 13th May next year. This is a tri-society scientific meeting of US, Japanese and European research societies with satellite meetings including a joint seminar with Health Science Scotland on Innovation in drug discovery and stratified medicine.
Around 2000 people are expected to attend the meeting, which is held every five years but only once in 15 years in Europe. This will be the first time it has been held in the UK.