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Croonian Medal and Lecture

This microscopic image of the post-mortem human hypothalamus shows the location of the RNA and protein encoding two key regulators of human appetite namely POMC (protein in magenta and RNA in yellow/white), which suppresses food intake and AGRP (protein in green and RNA in red) which antagonises the action of POMC-derived peptides and stimulates appetite. Cell nuclei are stained blue. (Credit John Tadross, Katherine Ridley and Giles Yeo)

Croonian Medal and Lecture winner 2022

Croonian_Stephen O'RahillySir Stephen O'Rahilly FMedSci FRS


Croonian_Sadaf FarooqiProfessor Sadaf Farooqi FMedSci FRS

The Croonian Medal and Lecture 2022 is awarded to Sir Stephen O'Rahilly FMedSci FRS and Professor Sadaf Farooqi FMedSci FRS for their seminal discoveries regarding the control of human body weight, resulting in novel diagnostics and therapies, which improve human health.

They will be awarded a medal and a shared gift of £10,000 at the Royal Society at a future date. 

Return to this year's Royal Society medal, award and prize winners.

The award

The Croonian Medal and Lecture is the premier lecture in the biological sciences. The lectureship was conceived by William Croone FRS (PDF), one of the original Fellows of the Society. Among the papers left on his death in 1684 were plans to endow two lectureships, one at the Royal Society and the other at the Royal College of Physicians. His widow later bequeathed the means to carry out the scheme. The lecture series began in 1738. The medal is of silver gilt, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £10,000. 


The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2021. 

Past winners

Professor Barry Everitt FMedSci FRS was awarded the Croonian Medal in 2021 and presented his lecture Brain mechanisms of addictive behaviour.

Professor Edward Boyden was awarded the Croonian Medal and Lecture 2020 for his inventions that expand our understanding of the brain and allow therapeutic development including the co-invention of optogenetics, a technology that has revolutionized neurobiology.

Dame Kay Davies DBE FMedSci FRS was awarded the Croonian Medal in 2019 and presented her lecture From diagnosis to therapy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

See full list of all past winners of the Croonian Medal and Lecture.

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