On 21 April 2010 Dr Chris Murphy, BSMB committee member and Senior Lecturer at the Kennedy Institute of Rhematology, was awarded the Michael Mason Prize by the Heberden Committee of the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR). The prize was presented by the president of the BSR, Deborah Bax, at the 2010 conference in Birmingham.
The prize is named after Michael Mason who was a renowned clinical rheumatologist.
Dr Murphy received a plaque, the Michael Mason Medal and a cheque for £1,000 in recognition of his excellence in scientific research in the field of Rheumatology. Dr Murphy also presented his work, entitled 'Hypoxia, a force for good in cartilage – implications for joint repair', in the conference’s plenary session.
Dr Kafienah (right) receives his award from Dr Andrew Bamji, President of the British Society for Rheumatology
Dr Wa'el Kafienah, BSMB committee member and Lecturer in Stem Cell Biology in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Bristol, was awarded the prestigious Garrod Prize 2008 for his research on stem cells and cartilage repair.
The Garrod Prize is awarded annually by the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) to a scientist with a non-clinical background who has demonstrated distinguished contribution to the field of Rheumatology. The Prize consists of £1,000, a invitation to give a presentation of the work during the BSR Annual Meeting and an editorial by the winner to be published in the BSR journal, Rheumatology.