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Vane Medal

Published: 28 Feb 2021 in Prizes and awards

This biennial prize rewards outstanding work in any research area. Winners receive a medal and £2,000 and have the opportunity to present a lecture at Pharmacology 2021.


The deadline for applications is 28 February 2021.

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The Society will consider evidence of:

  • outstanding research
  • patient and / or public engagement
  • scientific impact such as contributions to the Research Excellence Framework or education and training
  • other significant contributions, including research and development leadership


  • A member for at least two years
  • Well established professors or at the peak of their career
  • The Society is committed to increasing the diversity of its award recipients. Excellent candidates are encouraged to apply, especially those from under-represented groups


To apply you must complete the application form and upload one PDF including:

  • a letter (max. two pages) describing how the nominee meets the criteria and why s/he is deserving of the prize 
  • a synopsis of the work to be considered (max. one page)
  • list of five relevant publications to support the application, including journal impact factors and number of citations
  • a brief CV (max. two pages)
Past winners

Vane Medal

This prize is named in honour of Sir John Vane who discovered how aspirin works, laying the foundation for current understanding of anti-inflammatory medicines.

Recent winners

  • 2019 – Brian Kobilka
  • 2018 – Fiona Marshall
  • 2017 – Patrick Sexton
  • 2016 – Graeme Milligan
  • 2015 – Jane Mitchell
  • 2014 – Anthony Harmar