Cure Leukaemia Co-Founder Professor Charlie Craddock has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours.
Professor Craddock is Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham and Professor of Haemato-oncology at the University of Birmingham. He is also Director of the Centre for Clinical Hematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and was Transitional Director of the £24 million Birmingham Institute of Translational Medicine which opened in 2015.
He studied medicine at Oxford University and underwent postgraduate training in haematology at the Hammersmith Hospital, London, the Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre at the University of Washington, Seattle.
In 1999 he was appointed Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham and in 2004 took up a newly created Chair of Haemato-oncology at the University of Birmingham.
In the last decade the BMT unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has grown rapidly to become the second largest adult transplant programme in the United Kingdom. Professor Craddock is Director of the Centre for Clinical Haematology which houses an integrated clinical leukaemia and transplant programme and an early phase trial unit serving one of the largest catchment areas in Europe.
In 2003, Professor Craddock co-founded the blood cancer Cure Leukaemia after he recognised that too many patients were missing out on pioneering and potentially life-saving therapies not yet available through standard care.
Through Cure Leukaemia, a network of specialist research nurses have been funded to bridge the gap between patients and these treatments and many saved have been saved as a result. He stated in 2014 that Cure Leukaemia can help find cures for all forms of blood cancer within the next thirty years.
He has helped thousands of people suffering with blood cancer including former professional footballers Geoff Thomas and Stiliyan Petrov.
Cure Leukaemia Chairman Ian Allen said, ‘I cannot think of a more deserving person to be awarded such a prestigious honour.
Professor Charlie Craddock has helped thousands of people suffering with blood cancer, many of whom are alive today thanks to his medical brilliance. Charlie co-founded Cure Leukaemia in 2003 because he recognised a method that could save many more lives and hasten progress towards a cure for this dreadful disease.
Thousands of people owe their lives to Professor Charlie Craddock. I am delighted his visionary and life-saving work has been recognised with one of our country's highest honours.'
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