The British Society of Parasitology awarded Dr Matthew Berriman the 2017 C.A. Wright Medal at the society's annual Spring Meeting in Dundee. Dr Berriman is shown receiving his medal from BSP President Mark Taylor.
The C.A. Wright Medal is awarded on the basis of an individual’s outstanding contribution to the field of parasitology. Dr Berriman, a senior group leader within the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, has played a leading role in the sequencing of genomes from protozoan and helminthic parasites as well as the application of these data in the study of parasite biology, genetics, evolution and adaptation to parasitism. This research has proven transformational in the field of parasitology. The award of the C.A. Wright Medal recognises the impact of Dr Berriman’s research in placing British parasitology at the forefront of international efforts to tackle the health burden attributed to parasitic disease.