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 Issue 125, 15 January 2003
The future starts here«
Knighthood for head of surgery«
Proud Ravinder knighted«
Sparks across the park«
Taking LEAD with seven point plan«
Advanced Civil Engineering Education Initiative«
Britain's earliest TB victim«
Professor Peter Hills«
Academic training courses«
Optimising performance«
Shining a new light on the eye«
Imperial College Volunteer Centre«
New look gym at Wye«
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Proud Ravinder knighted

A MAN whose research led to groundbreaking new drugs for arthritis is the first to be knighted for services to rheumatology.

Professor Sir Ravinder Nath 'Tiny' Maini

Professor Sir Ravinder Nath 'Tiny' Maini, recently retired as director of the Kennedy Institute for Rheumatology at Imperial College London, led a team of researchers over a 15-year period looking for new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. His father, an economist and lawyer, received a knighthood in 1956 for public service.

"It's delightful and unexpected; I've had lots of nice letters," said the professor. "It's a pleasing acknowledgment and the recognition means that the team I've been working with all these years has achieved something worthwhile.

"It's also the first time anyone in rheumatology has got it and my family is delighted, along with the fact that it's a second generation knighthood."

Sir Ravinder's team found that one of the leading agents in the process on which he worked, was a body chemical called tumour necrosis factor (TNF). The 'anti-TNF' drugs were finally licensed in the last two years.

Jane Tadman of the Arthritis Research Campaign, which funds his work, said: "This recognition is long overdue - it was a significant breakthrough in the field."

  • Professor Anthony Newman Taylor, faculty of medicine, received a CBE for services to the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council
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