Prestigious Royal College of Radiologists 2014 Gold Medal Awarded to Professor Gillies McKenna
Professor Gillies McKenna has been awarded the 2014 Gold Medal from The Royal College of Radiologists. The medal is the highest honour the College has to bestow, and was awarded to Gillies for his ‘enormous national and international contribution to clinical oncology research and training.’
The Gold Medal was instituted in 1961 by the Council of the College. Previous winners include Professor Dame Janet Husband, one of the first women to train in radiology and known nationally and internationally for her pioneering work on the development of imaging in cancer at the Royal Marsden; Professor J Mallard, a pioneer in the development of radionuclide imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET); and Professor Ralston Paterson, the leading world authority of his time in the treatment of cancer by radiotherapy.
As part of his award Gillies will be invited to give the 2014 Skeggs Lecture in November. Dr David Skeggs led the team that developed computer-guided precision radiotherapy, and ultimately conformational radiotherapy, using the power of computers to calculate the angles and doses of radiation delivered. Sadly, he died of cancer in December 2010.