Professor Louise Kenny awarded CBE for services to research in the NHS

The University of Liverpool’s Professor Louise Kenny received a CBE for services to research in the NHS at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace yesterday (30 November 2022).

The Princess Royal presented Louise with her CBE title, which was announced in the 2022 New Year Honours list.

Louise, who is the Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and Vice Chair of the Board of Liverpool Health Partners, said:“As an NHS trained doctor, I’ve witnessed first-hand the power of research to transform healthcare and save lives. As a scientist, I know that research is a team sport and so I wish to acknowledge and sincerely thank my outstanding colleagues at the University of Liverpool and at all our NHS partner Trusts, especially the Liverpool Women’s Hospital. Whilst the pandemic has highlighted that there is still much to be done, nationally and globally, to ensure equal access to medical innovation, it has also highlighted what we can achieve together. I’m humbled to be honoured and proud of the collaborative effort that underpins this.”

Louise was the founding Director of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) and was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Cork University Maternity Hospital where she worked as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist from 2006-2018.

Louise has a longstanding clinical and research interest in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Her research group is supported by more than £25million of peer reviewed funding and her work has resulted in more than 200 peer reviewed original papers, reviews and book chapters. Louise has received numerous awards for her work, most recently the prestigious title of Researcher of the Year by SFI (2015) and 2015 Irish Tatler magazine Woman of the Year Award for STEM.