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Buchanan Medal

George Buchanan FRS

Buchanan Medallist

BuchananSir Peter Ratcliffe FMedSci FRS

The 2017 Buchanan Medal is awarded to Sir Peter Ratcliffe FMedSci FRS for his ground-breaking research on oxygen sensing and signalling pathways mediating cellular responses to hypoxia. 

Sir Peter will receive the medal and the accompanying gift at the Society’s Anniversary Day meeting on 30 November 2017. 

The award

The Buchanan Medal is awarded annually for distinguished contributions to the biomedical sciences.

The award was created from a fund to the memory of the physician George Buchanan FRS (PDF), former Chief Medical Officer of the UK, and was first awarded in 1897. Originally it was awarded once every five years, but since 1990 it has been awarded once every two years. The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.

The next round of nominations opens in November 2017. 

Past winners

Professor Irwin McLean FMedSci FRS was awarded the 2015 Buchanan Medal for his major contribution to our understanding of the genetic basis of heritable skin diseases.

Professor Douglas Higgs FRS was awarded the 2013 Buchanan Medal for his seminal work on the regulation of the human alpha-globin gene cluster and the role of the ATRX protein in genetic disease.

See full list of all past winners of the Buchanan Medal.