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The Sir Philip Randle Lecture

The Sir Philip Randle Lecture recognises outstanding contribution to the understanding of mammalian metabolism.

The Sir Philip Randle Lectureship is awarded biennially to a scientist from any part of the world. The awardee is selected on the basis of their contribution to the understanding of mammalian metabolism. 

This award was instituted in honour of the late Professor Sir Philip Randle, who was one of the world’s foremost researchers into mammalian metabolism. His career spanned some 5 decades during which he provided a series of brilliant insights into the fundamental mechanisms that determine the selection of fuels by muscle and other tissues. 

Many of his findings were concerned with insulin’s role in metabolism and with the control of the hormone’s secretion from the beta cells in the pancreatic islets of Langerhans. The ideas generated by his investigations laid the foundations for countless subsequent studies and have a direct bearing on the understanding of diabetes. Sir Philip was knighted in 1985 and was President of the Biochemical Society from 1995 to 2000. 

The recipient is given:

  • £2,000 prize money
  • Framed certificate
  • The opportunity to present a lecture at a Society event or webinar 
  • An invitation to submit an article to one of our journals, with any fees waived

Eligibility criteria:

  • Awarded biennially 
  • Nominees must have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of mammalian metabolism 
  • Nominees are typically mid to senior career 
  • Nominees can be either international or UK based 
  • This award is only open to individuals 

The Awards Committee will consider the following aspects of all nominations for The Sir Philip Randle Lecture as appropriate:

  • Originality of research 
  • Impact and scope of research 
  • Quality of outputs – publications and/or patents and/or software 
  • Commitment to build, support, and nurture future talent e.g., mentorship 
  • Other indicators of esteem demonstrated by the nominator 
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Previous Award articles

Guy Rutter and Grahame Hardie recently published their review articles 'Mitochondrial metabolism and dynamics in pancreatic beta cell glucose sensing' and 'AMP-activated protein kinase - a journey from 1 to 100 downstream targets' in the Biochemical Journal.

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