Director awarded MBE for medical research work

Ian Viney
Ian Viney

A director at an organisation which funds medical research in the UK has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Dr Ian Viney, from Haywards Heath, has been awarded with a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to Research Funding and Evaluation.

The former Steyning Grammar School pupil is director of Strategic Evaluation and Impact at the Medical Research Council (MRC) in London.

The organisation is a government funded non-departmental public body which aims to improve human health through funding medical research on behalf of the tax payer.

Dr Viney said: “The news was a complete surprise, totally unexpected.

“I feel incredibly encouraged that colleagues wanted to recognise my work by nominating me, and honoured that I was selected.

“I am privileged to work for the MRC where there are very many talented people who work very hard for the benefit of medical research.”

Dr Viney previously worked as a research scientist at Imperial College London after gaining PhD in genetics at Cambridge.

The father of two then moved to the MRC and has worked with the council to improve medical research across the country for the past 18 years.

He said: “The MRC has supported excellent medical research for over 100 years leading to some of the most important medical advances in use today.

“My aim has been to better understand how research contributes to UK society and the economy, and our approaches are now also used by many other organisations in the UK and overseas.

“My family are of course very pleased for me, and I’m fortunate to have their help and support in everything.”

He added he planned on celebrating the news with a few friends and hoped 2016 would be just as successful.

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