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Professor Jane Armitage, Professor of Clinical Trials and Epidemiology, was recognised in the New Year’s Honours list, published on 29 December. Jane was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her services to medical research. 

The New Year’s Honours list recognises outstanding achievements by a wide range of extraordinary people from across the United Kingdom. People are awarded honours for achievements in their field of work (including health, education, science and technology), as well as for making a difference to their community.

Professor Armitage joined the Clinical Trial Service Unit & Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU), now part of NDPH, in 1990. She has co-ordinated and been Principal Investigator of a number of our major randomised clinical trials in cardiovascular disease, including the MRC/BHF Heart Protection Study, SEARCH (Study of the Effectiveness of Additional Reductions in Cholesterol and Homocysteine), HPS2-THRIVE (Treatment of HDL to Reduce the Incidence of Vascular Events) and ASCEND (A Study of Cardiovascular Events in Diabetes).

In addition to her work on clinical trials, Jane has undertaken valuable roles in the Department (for example, as its Director of Training & Career Development and as a programme leader for our MRC Population Health Research Unit), as well as acting as a member of a number of external Steering Committees and Grant Review Committees, and as an Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine.

Professor Sir Rory Collins, Head of the Nuffield Department of Population Health, said: “Jane is well-known and highly respected within the research community both nationally and internationally, and I’m absolutely delighted that her significant achievements have been recognised by this honour. Her OBE is very well-deserved, and it is a due recognition of her sustained contribution to improving the lives of those suffering from, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease.”

Professor Armitage is one of six members of the University of Oxford to be honoured this year.

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