Manchester immunologist honoured for her public engagement work

Professor Sheena Cruickshank from The University of Manchester has been honoured by the British Society for Immunology for her work raising awareness of the importance of immunology in our daily lives.

The BSI Public Engagement Award , which recognises outstanding contributions to public engagement within immunology, was another feather in the immunologist cap.

She was one of 11 winners of the inaugural BSI Immunology Awards 2023, revealed at a special ceremony on Thursday 20 April According to the BSI, Professor Cruickshank dedicated substantial time and effort to tackling misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic Her public engagement activities include media appearances, social media activity, podcasts, citizen science, festivals, curating exhibitions and delivering public lectures.

Hear what she has has to say on this special video she recorded for the ceremony:

Some of her online articles accumulated over one million readers.

The awards was open to nominations, and a shortlist was selected after careful review and deliberation by an expert judging panel , whose recommendation was then ratified by the BSI Nominations Committee.

The BSI Immunology Awards celebrate the remarkable achievements of individuals and teams shaping the future of immunology. We would like to congratulate all of the winners for this fantastic achievement.

Doug Brown, Chief Executive of the British Society for Immunology, said: "We are thrilled to recognise the achievements of these extraordinary individuals. Each of them dedicates their time and expertise to shaping the future of immunology, in many cases away from the limelight. Their efforts will ensure a brighter future for our field.

"Our heartfelt congratulations go to everyone who was shortlisted or nominated, and a huge thank you is due to our judges, those who nominated someone, the BSI Nominations Committee and everyone who was involved in making these awards a success. The response shows just how vibrant, supportive and talented the field of immunology is. Long may that continue."