Prof Sadaf Farooqi awarded the highest honour bestowed by the Society for Endocrinology
Every year, the Society for Endocrinology recognises the achievements of scientists and clinicians working in the field of Endocrinology through its awards. The Dale Medal is the highest honour awarded by the Society in recognition of outstanding studies which have fundamentally changed the understanding of Endocrinology. The Society has announced that in 2021, the award will go to Prof Sadaf Farooqi who runs the Genetics Of Obesity Study (GOOS) and is Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Metabolism and Medicine in Cambridge. On hearing the news, she said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this award on behalf of many talented current and former team members whose work is being recognised. Our research has been made possible by a network of clinical collaborators throughout the world, who have worked with us over 20 years to make the GOOS study such a success. Working with many outstanding scientists who have collaborated with us, we have been able to bring new insights to understanding how appetite and body weight are regulated and how the disruption of these systems leads to clinical problems such as severe obesity. We have been incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with patients and their families - the people who inspire us to keep working towards new discoveries and new treatments. I am grateful to the Wellcome Trust who have supported me throughout my career through their Fellowship schemes and to the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre who have provided continuous support for the co-ordination of the GOOS study. I am also grateful to the Botnar Fondation and the European Research Council who have supported substantial parts of our research programme.