Royal Society award for Dr Tomas Lindahl

In collaboration with the Press Association

Cancer Research UK's Dr Tomas Lindahl FRS has been awarded a Royal Medal by the Royal Society in recognition of his achievement in the field of DNA repair.

Dr Lindahl, a scientist at the charity's London Research Institute, joined the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) in 1981 and has made an enormous contribution to our understanding of DNA repair. A statement by the Royal Society noted that "his achievements stand out for their great originality, breadth and lasting influence".

Cells have a number of mechanisms to repair damaged DNA and protect them from mutations that can lead to the development of tumours. Researching DNA repair therefore helps shed light on why people get cancer.

Dr Richard Treisman, director of Cancer Research UK's London Research Institute, said that he was "delighted" to see Dr Lindahl receive the award.

"It reflects both his own outstanding contribution to the DNA repair field and his work in developing the Clare Hall laboratories into a world-leading centre for the study of DNA damage and repair," he commented.