Publish date: 28 October 2022

UCLH infectious diseases consultant, Dr Michael Marks, has received a prize awarded only every three years to a doctor under 45 years of age.

Michael has won the Frederick Murgatroyd Memorial Prize 2022 open for experts in their field and awarded to the living person whose contribution to any branch of tropical medicine or hygiene is considered by the Board of Trustees to merit the honour most.

He received the prize from Dr Sarah Clarke, President of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) having been nominated by Dr Tanya Bleiker and received his citation from the RCP’s senior censor and vice president for education and training, Professor Áine Burns. MMaward.png

Michael’s research work currently spans neglected tropical diseases, sexually transmitted infections and COVID. His work is linked by a particular focus on Treponema pallidum the causative agent of syphilis & yaws. As well as Michael’s global health work, he is an active member of the ID consultant team working on T08 and has led on a range of UCLH and other UK-related research work in Covid, syphilis, Monkeypox and other infections.

Dr Mike Brown, UCLH Divisional clinical director for infectious diseases, said; “This is a richly deserved award for Michael for his contributions to global health. The award is in memory of Frederick Murgatroyd who, like Michael, was also a consultant at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and very much aware of the need for more work around diseases profoundly impacting some of the world’s poorest countries. Our congratulations to Michael for his enthusiasm and determination to progress understanding in neglected areas of health in UK and around the world.”

Dr Michael Marks said: “I am delighted to accept the Frederick Murgatroyd prize from the Royal College for my work in global health. This work is a result of fruitful and long-lasting collaborations throughout the Pacific, Africa, Europe and the United States. I’m delighted to be able to continue to build on these relationships in my role between UCLH and LSHTM.”