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Professor Tak Lee honoured11 Mar 2008, PR 47/08
Professor Tak Lee, Head of the Division of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology at King’s, has been awarded the prestigious William Frankland Award for distinguished services to clinical allergy.
The British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) has now given Professor Lee both the Jack Pepys’ award for scientific achievement, and this award for clinical service.
Professor Lee commented on his award: ‘I feel very honoured to receive this award from the British Society and feel that this really is an award won by the whole department at King’s who have worked so hard to make the clinical allergy service, academic division and MRC Centre such a success in the last few years’.
The William Frankland award was established by the BSACI in 1999 to honour the work of Dr William Frankland. Dr Frankland worked at St Mary’s Paddington alongside Alexander Fleming (the scientist who discovered Penicillin) and was Director of the Allergy Clinic at St. Mary’s Hospital, London, which is now named the Frankland clinic. Dr Frankland has the distinction of being the first person in the UK to demonstrate the benefits of grass pollen immunotherapy in a double blind placebo controlled study and is considered by many colleagues as the “grandfather” of clinical allergy in the UK. He was President of both the BSACI and European Society of Allergology and also a founding member of Asthma UK. When he retired from St Mary’s he came to Guy’s as an honorary consultant and helped Professor Maurice Lessof to establish the Allergy clinic.
The William Frankland award is given annually and will be formally presented to Professor Lee in the society’s annual meeting in the summer. Nominations are made by society members and the overall decision is made by the Council.
Professor Tak Lee was awarded the Asthma UK Chair of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine in 1988 and became the Director of the MRC and Asthma UK Centre in the Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma in 2005. As Head of the Division of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology, (which has members from both the School of Medicine and the School of Biomedical & Health Sciences) Professor Lee teaches medical students, postgraduates and supervises PhD students in addition to overseeing an internationally competitive research programme.
His research focuses on causes, mechanisms and treatment of asthma and allergy. He is Asthma UK’s clinical Professor and a Vice-President of the Charity and an honorary consultant physician and allergist to the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He has been responsible over a number of years, with colleagues, for developing the NHS Clinical Allergy service in the Trust. The service is now the largest one in the country, providing care for both children and adults.
Professor Lee was Chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists Joint Committee for Immunology and Allergy; and past President of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is now a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was also granted a fellowship to King’s in 2007.
Stephen Durham, President of the BSACI commented: ‘The William Frankland Award recognises Professor Tak Lee’s marvellous achievements as clinician and scientist and his enormous contribution to the specialty over many years, which has been of great benefit to sufferers of allergic diseases’.
Notes to editors
The British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
The BSACI forms a collection of special interest groups including paediatrics, ENT, dermatology and gastroenterology with a remit to promote understanding of the contribution of Allergy to diseases within these disciplines and thus improve management of such diseases.
The organisation holds regional meetings across the UK for primary and secondary care professionals to raise awareness in Allergy and initiate education focused on the community practice of this speciality. A Standards of Care Committee has been set up to provide guidelines in each area of clinical Allergy, thus far those on urticaria, rhinitis and rhinosinusitis have been produced and are available to members on the BSACI website at www.bsaci.org.
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