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06 January 2020

Professor Jeremy Pearson recognised in New Year Honours list

Professor Jeremy Pearson, Emeritus Professor of Vascular Physiology in the School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences, has been awarded an MBE for services to medical research in the 2020 New Year Honours list.

Professor Jeremy Pearson
Professor Jeremy Pearson

During his post-doctoral research career as an endothelial cell biologist, Professor Pearson led teams at the Babraham Institute and then the MRC Clinical Research Centre in Harrow, before moving to King’s College London in 1991 where he became the UK’s first Professor of Vascular Biology.


This is an extremely well-deserved honour that recognises Professor Pearson's long-standing contributions to UK and international cardiovascular bioscience. I'm delighted that it also brings credit to King's.

Professor Ajay Shah, Head of School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences

Professor Pearson was elected as a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2004 and as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2006.

Professor Pearson is the longest serving Associate Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation, a role he has held since 2002.

Since winding down my own research lab at King’s I have worked with several medical research organisations, notably the BHF as Associate Medical Director, but also for smaller charities on their research or trustee boards. I was surprised and delighted that they nominated me for the MBE. To be rewarded publicly for doing something I get great pleasure from – helping charities to be able to fund the best novel research projects – is an unexpected but much appreciated bonus.

Professor Jeremy Pearson