On Tuesday 18th October the WTCHG’s Dr Julian Knight was awarded the Graham Bull prize for work defining the functional significance of genetic variation involving non-coding DNA in complex traits, in particular within the Major Histocompatibility Complex on chromosome 6p21.
The Graham Bull prize was established in 1988 in honour of Sir Graham Bull, who was the first director of the Clinical Research Centre at Northwick Park. A trust for the Graham Bull Prize was set up to provide money for young research workers under the age of 45 who feel that they have made a major contribution to clinical science. The prize as designed by the trust is specifically for an application and not for nomination of individuals. The work can cover a wide range of expertise, such as molecular and cellular biology, imaging technology, psychiatry, or health sciences. Previous WTCHG winners include Prof. Hugh Watkins, Prof Shoumo Bhattacharya and Prof Peter Ratcliffe.