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Aston academic wins famous society medal

Professor Cliff Bailey

25 November 2013 

The prestigious Lunar Society medal for 2013 has been awarded to Professor Cliff Bailey in recognition of his distinguished work in medical science.   

Professor Bailey, who is a leading expert on diabetes,  received the award at the Lord Mayor’s Lunar Society Dinner in November. 

The medal is given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the vigour of the West Midlands, with impact  nationally and internationally.   

Professor Bailey has made important advances to the understanding and treatment of diabetes.  He is particularly known for his work on the development of metformin, which is now the most prescribed drug treatment for diabetes worldwide. 

Professor Bailey is Professor of Clinical Science and Director of Biomedical Sciences Research at Aston University.   He has published over 350 research papers and reviews and four books.   

Cliff is one of the world’s experts on diabetes, known internationally for his work, a shining example of the tremendous talent working in Birmingham on global medical challenges

Speaking at the Lord Mayor’s Lunar Society Dinner, Former Lord Mayor of Birmingham and Chairman of the Lunar Medal Committee, Michael Wilkes, said: "Cliff is one of the world’s experts on diabetes, known internationally for his work, a shining example of the tremendous talent working in Birmingham on global medical challenges and a worthy recipient of the Lunar Society Medal.” 

The Lunar Society provides a forum to influence change through stimulating ideas, broadening debate and catalysing action.  The original Society was formed in the 18th century and counted Matthew Boulton, Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestly, James Watt, Josiah Wedgwood and William Withering amongst its members.  Meetings took place on the evenings of the full moon to brighten the journey home.   

On receipt of the medal Professor Bailey said:  “I am extremely honoured to receive this highly prestigious award.” 

He then acknowledged the contributions of co-workers and the activities of the Lunar Society. 

He also commented that the current epidemic of diabetes now affects more than 1 in 20 adults in the UK and over 380 million people worldwide.  

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For further media information, please contact Jonathan Garbett, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or j.garbett@aston.ac.uk