Many congratulations to Dr Giles Yeo who has been awarded an MBE for services to ‘Research, Communication and Engagement’ in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced today in The Gazette (the official newspaper of the Crown).
As Principal Research Associate at the Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science and programme co-lead for the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, Giles’ research focuses on the influence of genes on feeding behaviour and body weight. He is also well known as a broadcaster and author, presenting science documentaries for the BBC’s ‘Horizon’ and ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’.
I can assure you that this was entirely unexpected. Because it was in times of COVID, the notification, instead of being on expensive official stationery, came via email, and I initially thought it was a phishing scam! Anyway, it wasn’t, and I’m deeply honoured to be recognised for my contributions to communicating and engagement in research. I am grateful to be working at an Institution which has allowed me to breathe and to follow my passion.
Dr Giles Yeo, programme co-lead, MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit
Giles Yeo has used his great communication skills and high public visibility to advocate tirelessly for a rational scientific approach to the understanding of obesity and a compassionate approach to the people who suffer from it. I am delighted that his endeavours in advocacy and scientific communication have resulted in him being honoured with an MBE.
Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly Director, MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, University of Cambridge
The awards recognise the achievements and service of people across the UK, from all walks of life. Along with the New Year Honours, they are the most significant announcements of civilian and military gallantry awards.