Cancer Research UK scientists recognised with knighthoods

In collaboration with the Press Association

Two of Cancer Research UK's scientists have been recognised in the New Year honours for their services to medicine.

Professors Bruce Ponder and Alex Markham were both handed knighthoods for their dedication to furthering research into cancer.

Professor Ponder, who is the Li Ka Shing Professor and Director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute, has been head of the University of Cambridge's Department of Oncology for the past ten years.

He is currently focussing on common genetic variation and susceptibility to cancer and his group have recently identified five regions of the human genome that are linked to breast cancer.

Commenting on Professor Ponder's latest recognition, the charity said: "Cancer Research UK warmly congratulates Professor Bruce Ponder on his knighthood.

"Prof Ponder is among the leading scientists of his generation. His meticulous research and his work in cancer genetics has helped to provide better treatment and the prospect of new targeted therapies for families living with inherited disease."

Professor Alex Markham was appointed chief executive of Cancer Research UK in 2003 and remained at the charity's helm for four years before leaving to return to academic and clinical work at the University of Leeds.

Professor Markham has held senior advisory roles at the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in April 2004.

Cancer Research UK commented: "The charity is also delighted to congratulate Professor Alex Markham, former Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, on his knighthood.

"During his time at the charity Prof Markham was an ambassador for the whole cancer community and one of the leading advocates for the introduction of smokefree legislation across the UK and the new national bowel cancer screening programme."