Jim Smith Awarded 2013 Waddington Medal
Jim Smith, Director of NIMR and Director of Research at the Francis Crick Institute, has been awarded the Waddington Medal by the British Society for Developmental Biology.
His published articles are represented on Xenbase.
The Waddington Medal is the only national award in developmental biology in the UK. It is awarded for outstanding research performance as well as services to the subject community. Nominees are outstanding developmental biologists who have made a significant contribution to UK developmental biology and who are still currently active in the field.
Jim Smith (pictured) joined the staff of NIMR in 1984 and stayed until 2001. His current research investigates how cells of the very early vertebrate embryo become different from each other, such that they go on to form specialised tissues such as muscle, skin, blood and bone. His work may inform attempts to drive stem cells along particular developmental pathways.
Jim was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1993 and was a Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998; he has served on the Councils of both societies. He is also an Honorary Professor at UCL, an EMBO member and a member of the Academia Europaea. Jim has previously received many awards and prizes, including the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Medal and the Feldberg Foundation Award. For several years he was Editor-in-Chief of Development.
(click here to read the article from NIMR)