Institute of Genetics and Cancer

Professor Margaret Frame receives OBE

New Year Honour for IGMM Director: January 2018




Congratulations to Professor Margaret Frame, Director of the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine and co-Director of the Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre. Professor Frame who has been awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year Honours list for her services to cancer research.  

The Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre which brings together cancer scientists and clinicians from across the University of Edinburgh, delivering outstanding cancer research and improved patient care.

Margaret graduated with a first class honours BSc in Biochemistry, followed by a PhD from the Medical Faculty, both at the University of Glasgow. She worked for a brief period in industry, and then joined the MRC Virology Unit in Glasgow as a post-doctoral scientist until 1987. After taking time to raise three children, Margaret returned to work at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in 1991, as a post-doc and then as a group leader.

In 1995, she was jointly appointed as Professor of Cancer Research in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Glasgow and the Beatson Institute, where she became Deputy Director in 2002.

She was awarded the Tenovus Medal in 1999 for her work on Src family kinases, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2002, an EMBO Member in 2008 and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2010.

Margaret joined the new MRC-University of Edinburgh Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine in October 2007. She co-directs the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre in Edinburgh University’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, with the role of Science Director in the recently established Cancer Research UK Centre from January 2010.

Margaret response to this award

I was genuinely very surprised; it was completely unexpected. The OBE is up there with other professional achievements, and it is definitely very nice to be recognised for the work that my team does.