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MRI pioneer honored with MRC Millennium Medal

March 09, 2016

On hearing about the award Sir Peter said: "It was with great pride that my family and I learnt of this immense honour which the MRC wishes to bestow on me. However it must be said that without the then Vice Chancellor, Sir Colin Campbell's encouragement, little would have resulted and we would not have been able to obtain crucial funding from the MRC, as well as my MRC Professorial Fellowship.

"Our achievements in designing and developing the MRI scanner gave us all a sense of satisfaction in the knowledge that we were able to help many sufferers of a range of illnesses. In those early days, of course, MRI was used to image all parts of the body; these days, especially at Nottingham, MRI has evolved to study the brain and brain function under the leadership of Professor Peter Morris."

MRC Chief Executive Sir Leszek Borysiewicz commenting on the award said: "MRI has revolutionised medical diagnostics and research, enabling exact and non-evasive imaging of human internal organs. This prestigious award recognises and celebrates Sir Peter's achievements in the development of MRI, which today is a multibillion dollar industry. All major hospitals are equipped with MRI whole body scanners, with an estimated 10,000 systems in use worldwide."

Previous winners of the MRC Millennium Medal, which was inaugurated in 2000, have included Cesar Milstein, for his pioneering work on monoclonal antibodies and Tom Meade, who was awarded the medal in 2002 for his contribution to UK health, particularly in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Source: University of Nottingham