The Sir Philip Randle lectureship is awarded biennially to a scientist from any part of the world.  The awardee is selected on the basis of their contribution to the understanding of mammalian metabolism.

The Lecturer is given:

  • The opportunity to present a lecture at a Society conference
  • £2000 prize money and certificate
  • The opportunity to submit an article to a Society-owned publication

The 2019 winner Antonio Vidal-Puig will present his award lecture at the Biochemical Society and World Obesity Federation joint conference ‘Maternal obesity and pre-eclampsia: common pathways’ on 5-6 November 2019 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Find out more here.

This award was instituted in honour of the late Professor Sir Philip Randle (pictured), who was one of the world’s foremost researchers into mammalian metabolism.  His career spanned some 5 decades during which he provided a series of brilliant insights into the fundamental mechanisms that determine the selection of fuels by muscle and other tissues.

Many of his findings were concerned with insulin’s role in metabolism and with the control of the hormone’s secretion from the beta cells in the pancreatic islets of Langerhans. The ideas generated by his investigations laid the foundations for countless subsequent studies and have a direct bearing on the understanding of diabetes. Sir Philip was knighted in 1985 and was President of the Biochemical Society from 1995 to 2000.

Recipients

  • 2019: Antonio Vidal-Puig
  • 2017: Geoffrey D Holman
  • 2015: David Carling
  • 2013: Gerald Shulman
  • 2011: Stephen O’Rahilly