Fellow of Magdalen Wins Prestigious Medicine Prize

15 January 2009

Professor Peter J Ratcliffe FRS, the Nuffield Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Magdalen College, has been awarded the 2009 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine. He shares the prize with Professor Michael N Hall of the University of Basel, Switzerland.

The Louis-Jeantet Prize is awarded each year to researchers working in European Council member countries that are carrying out outstanding biological research with significant implications for future medicine and healthcare. Both winners will receive 600,000 Swiss Francs (over £350,000) for their research and 100,000 Swiss Francs (almost £60,000) for their personal use.

The award recognises Professor Ratcliffe’s pioneering research on how cells in the body detect how much oxygen is available to them, and especially how they respond to a lack of oxygen. His outstanding research has great potential for the development of new treatments for cancer and heart disease.