Aston Academic receives prestigious award

Professor Cliff Bailey
7 August 2013

Professor Cliff Bailey will receive the 2013 Lunar Society Medal in recognition of his work within the clinical academic community.

Recipients of the Society’s Medal are those deemed to have significantly contributed towards the ‘vigour’ of the West Midlands community. It is in this context that Cliff has been awarded the Medal, with significant achievements and commitment towards Diabetes research.

Cliff who is Head of Diabetes Research and Professor of Clinical Science at Aston University, is one of the world’s leading experts on diabetes.  He is greatly appreciated for his work on global medical challenges.

His research is mainly directed towards the cause and treatment of diabetes, especially the development of new agents to improve insulin action and reduce obesity, and the therapeutic application of surrogate beta-cells (which sense glucose levels and make and release insulin).  He has gained international recognition particularly for his work on metformin and its introduction in the USA, in the late 1970’s and 80’s following which metformin rose from relative obscurity to become the most prescribed anti-diabetic drug worldwide.

Cliff has held various editorial positions, including endocrine section editor of the British Journal of Pharmacology and editorial board member of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.  He is presently editor of the British Journal of Diabetes & Vascular Disease and senior editor of Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research. He has published over 350 research papers and reviews, and four books.  He also contributes to well-known texts such as the Textbook of Diabetes and the International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus.  Previously he served on the medical and scientific committee of Diabetes UK and was secretary from 1991 to 1994.

He has been an expert witness for drug licensing authorities, regulatory agencies and other national and international review bodies.  He leads the expert working group on education for the European Coalition for Diabetes.

Currently ProfessorCliff Bailey is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Previous recipients of the Lunar Society Medal include Professor Dame Julia King, Aston’s Vice-Chancellor, in recognition of her work in the public sector.  Other recipients include Sir Adrian Cadbury, Chairman of Cadbury and Cadbury Schweppes for 24 years and Sir Richard Marchant Knowles, a British politician known for his work in local government in Birmingham.


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