Dame Nancy J. Rothwell

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"Professor Dame Nancy J. Rothwell DBE is the President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester. She obtained a first class degree in Physiology in 1976, a PhD in 1978 and a DSc in 1987 from the University of London. In 1984 she was awarded a Royal Society Research Fellowship and relocated to Manchester in 1987. Nancy was awarded a Chair in Physiology in 1994, then a prestigious MRC Research Chair from 1998 to 2010. Her current research focuses on the role of inflammation in brain disease and has identified the role of the cytokine interleukin-1 (IL-1) in diverse forms of brain injury. She has served as president of the British Neuroscience Association, a council member of MRC, BBSRC and Cancer Research UK. In 2003 she won the prestigious Pfizer Research Prize, in 2004 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 2005 was honoured with a DBE.

"Nancy became President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Manchester in July 2010, but still maintains an active research group. She is President of the Society of Biology, a non-executive director of AstraZeneca, Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and a member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board."[1]


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