Queen’s Birthday Honour for Professor Foo Yew Liew

Issued: Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:43:00 BST

Congratulations to Professor ‘Eddy’ Foo Yew Liew‌, who is among several University of Glasgow academics to have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Professor Liew, Gardiner Professor of Immunology, is to receive an OBE for services to Science and Medicine, in Scotland and Hong Kong.

His research in immunology has revealed new regulatory pathways in the body’s defences against infection.‌‌

This has clarified how the body strikes a balance between destroying infectious agents and avoiding damage to its own tissues, and opened the way to new and more effective therapies for conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and sepsis.

During his career, Professor Liew has made important breakthroughs, including the discovery of T cell heterogeneity, which led to a greater understanding and treatments of the disease Leishmaniasis, and pinpointing the role that Nitric Oxide plays in regulating the body’s immune system.

Since arriving in Glasgow in 1991, Professor Liew has transformed the Scottish immunological scene and, under his leadership, Glasgow has grown into one of the leading international centres of Immunology.

In 2012, he was elected as a FRS due to his pioneering work in the field of immunology and inflammatory diseases in a career spanning four decades.


Professor Liew is joined in the honours list by several other UofG academics:

Professor James Hough, Research Professor in Natural Philosophy in the School of Physics and Astronomy, has received a knighthood for services towards the detection of gravitational waves.

From the School of Law, Professor James Murdoch, Professor of Public Law, has been made a CBE for his promotion of human rights in Europe and his contribution to university education.

Professor Carol Elizabeth Tannahill, Director of the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and chief Social Policy Adviser, Scottish Government is also awarded an OBE, for services to Public Health.

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, said: “I am delighted that the incredible work and achievements of our academic colleagues have been publicly recognised in this way. Congratulations and well done to all of the recipients.”