New Year Honours for Birmingham Professors

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Professor of GP Education has been awarded a Damehood in the 2022 New Year Honours, while Iain Chapple, Professor of Periodontology and former Head of the School of Dentistry has been awarded an MBE

A part-time GP partner at a large group practice in Lichfield, Staffordshire, which she joined in 2002 after completing her training in inner-city Birmingham and at Birmingham Medical School, Helen receives her award for services to general practice.

Professor Stokes-Lampard is Chair of the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and was Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) until Nov 2019. She is currently on a three-year secondment from the University (July 2020-23) as Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC).

Having worked in obstetrics and gynaecology for several years before training as a GP, her diverse research interests have spanned gynaecological cancer screening, all aspects of women’s health, epidemiology and data linkage studies.

Professor Stokes-Lampard said: ‘I was completely overwhelmed and humbled to hear of this honour; I see this as public recognition of our remarkable UK General Practice and the wider health and care teams with which I have worked over the years. They have all worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic and given their heart and soul for the patients and communities they serve.

‘I am so grateful to have had the opportunities to work as a frontline GP, a University academic and to be elected to chair national medical organisations whilst having the unstinting support of my wonderful husband and family throughout.’

University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Tickell commented: ‘I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Professor Stokes-Lampard for this well-deserved public recognition of her outstanding achievements in her field.’

Professor Chapple, currently Head of Research at the University’s Institute of Clinical Sciences and a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, receives the award for services to oral and dental health.

Professor Chapple studied at Newcastle Dental School before completing his PhD at the University of Birmingham. He is a world-renowned researcher in the field of periodontology with more than 240 scientific peer-reviewed articles published in leading journals. As a clinical scientist with a strong interest in basic science, his research has focused on basic biological discovery science with a strong translational focus into clinical practice.

In 2018 he was announced as the recipient of the International Association of Dental Research’s Distinguished Scientist Award for his research into periodontal diseases. Only three UK dentists have been selected previously for the prize. In 2021 he was awarded the European Federation of Periodontology’s (EFP) 2022 Eminence Award, the fourth recipient since 1991 and first in the UK.

Professor Chapple is passionate about his work for the British Society of Periodontology, The EFP, The Oral and Dental Research Trust and the Office of the Chief Dental Officer.

On hearing he had been awarded an MBE Professor Chapple commented: ‘I am truly delighted, as this recognises the importance to society of preventing oral and in particular periodontal diseases. I have been enormously privileged to work with fantastic teams in Birmingham, nationally and internationally and this recognises both their work and the unwavering support of my wonderful family’.