Professor Michael Eddleston 2020 Chancellor's Impact Award Winner.
Professor Michael Eddleston: Outstanding Contributions to Research
Professor Michael Eddleston, Personal Chair in Clinical Toxicology, Centre for Cardiovascular Science has been recognised for the impact of his clinical and public health research at the interface of health and agriculture with the aim of drawing attention to, and preventing, suicides in rural Asia – the cause of 14 million deaths over the past 60 years. His advocacy has resulted in the research findings being incorporated into practice across Asia and changing the policies of both the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Michael has built up a multidisciplinary collaboration of Sri Lankan and international researchers, and as a result tens of thousands of people are alive today who would otherwise have died.