Professor Mark Caulfield, the interim Chief Executive at Genomics England and Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Queen Mary University of London, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The award reflects Prof Caulfield’s contribution to the ground-breaking 100,000 Genomes Project, which hit its target of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes in 2018 and has already delivered new treatments.
To increase the value for participants in the project, Prof Caulfield established a coalition of 3,000 researchers worldwide and assisted the NHS in creating the National Genomic Test Directory. The directory is designed to offer equitable access to genomic tests via a new National Genomic Medicine Service, based on clinical need.
Prof Mark Caulfield said: “I have been incredibly lucky to stand amongst and alongside giants from our NHS, Genomics England, our universities, the government, our funders and most importantly, our participants. Together they helped me to transform genomics in healthcare. Their commitment, generosity, and trust has made our nation the world leader in the application of genomic medicine in the NHS. I am deeply honoured and thank every one of those who made this possible.”
Jonathan Symonds CBE, the chair of Genomics England said: “Mark’s knighthood is a fitting recognition of his pioneering and tireless work in genomics. He is an extraordinary clinician scientist whose contribution and leadership are respected worldwide for delivering the 100,000 Genomes Project. His role as Chief Scientist of Genomics England has seen whole genome sequencing reveal new diagnoses, improve treatments, and fuel medical research. It has benefited and will benefit many, many people across the world. This award is richly deserved.”