Science award goes to ME researcher

Professor Simon Wessely has been recognised for his determination in the field of science by becoming one of the first winners of the John Maddox Standing up for Science prize.

Based at King's College London, Professor Wessely was awarded the honour for his ambition and courage in researching ME (chronic fatigue syndrome) and Gulf War syndrome, and was praised for his courage in dealing with harassment when speaking about his work.

Professor Wessely will deliver the keynote speech at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst on November 15 as part of our Wessex Branch one-day conference 'The Psychological Wellbeing of Serving Military Personnel and Veterans'.

Judge and Editor of the science periodical Nature Philip Campbell commented: "The winners of the prize demonstrated the kind of sustained resilience and determination to communicate good science that John Maddox personified."

Professor Wessely said: “I was surprised but also delighted to be one of the first two recipients of the John Maddox Prize. There have been times over the years when standing up for science has indeed been difficult, but it has always been worthwhile and never lonely, as I been helped and sustained by the support of so many other wonderful clinicians and scientists who work in the same field and have had similar experiences to me over the years, any one of whom would have been equally worthy of this honour.”

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