An eminent University scientist has received a prestigious honour in recognition of his discoveries in epigenetics.
Professor Sir Adrian Bird, Buchanan Professor of Genetics, has been awarded the 2013 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine.
Professor Bird won the award for his discoveries concerning the DNA methylation process, and his research into Rett syndrome.
Professor Bird is an inspirational scientist who fully deserves this recognition.
Established in 2008, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards are given to individuals deemed to have made a fundamental contribution to their area of expertise.
A panel of leading international experts recognised the contribution made by Professor Bird to the field of biomedicine.
Several previous recipients of BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards have gone on to receive a Nobel Prize.
Professor Bird received a knighthood for his services to science in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List.
His research focuses on the role of DNA methylation in health and disease, and the quest to find a clinical treatment for Rett syndrome, a form of autism.
Professor Bird has made fundamental discoveries about DNA methylation, a cornerstone of epigenetics. That these fundamental discoveries are now understood to have major implications in biomedicine is a testament to the importance of curiosity-driven, blue-skies research.