Muzlifah Haniffa awarded 2019 Foulkes Foundation medal

We are very pleased to share the news that Lister Fellow Professor Muzlifah Haniffa was awarded the 2019 Foulkes Foundation Medal.

The Foulkes Foundation medal is a biennial award given to an individual clinical scientist who has performed research at an outstanding level in the 10 years following the completion of their PhD.

The award is administered by the Academy of Medical Sciences whose Fellows put forward applicants to be assessed.

Muzlifah Haniffa is Professor of Dermatology and Immunology at Newcastle University, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Senior Clinical Fellow at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.Professor Haniffa’s research involves improving our understanding of the immune system in infants and children. This has included investigations into childhood kidney cancer, including contributing to the identification of the origin of a childhood kidney cancer known as Wilm’s tumour.

Professor Haniffa has also worked on mapping the maternal-fetal interface and the discovery of new immune cells in the skin.

Her team also recently announced the first ever cell map of the developing human immune system in a number of vital organs; the skin, kidney and liver.

Professor Haniffa also plays a vital role in the Human Cell Atlas – a pioneering global initiative to develop a comprehensive set of reference maps and characterisations of all human cells.

The open access cell maps collated in the Human Cell Atlas help researchers all over the world to gain a better understanding of the immune system, disease and general health.

The Foulkes Foundation is a charitable foundation established in 1972. It was founded by Dr Ernest Foulkes, well-renowned biomedical researcher known for his advancements in the understanding of renal toxicology and the metabolism of metals.

The foundation provides fellowships to outstanding post-doctoral scientists with a research interests in medicine.

We would like to offer our congratulations to Professor Haniffa and are delighted to have played a part in supporting such high quality work.

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