2015 Woodward Medal winners

November 15 / 171

Two medals are awarded annually in recognition of significant research in the fields of science & technology and humanities & social sciences.

This year’s Woodward Medal winners were Associate Professor Barbara Keys from the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, and Professor Gordon Lynch from the Department of Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences.

Associate Professor Keys received the award for her book Reclaiming American Virtue: The human rights revolution of the 1970s (Harvard University Press, 2014), which explores the origins of the international promotion of human rights, through the lens of the aftermath of the Vietnam War in America.


The book has been widely reviewed. Harvard University's Professor Samuel Moyn said: " A genuine masterpiece of the historian's craft, Recaliming American Virtue shows how human rights were a tonic for the country's self-confidence. America's fusion of moral principle and global violence in today's world no longer looks the same after this revelatory book."

Professor Lynch received the award for his long-standing research into treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a severe muscle wasting condition in boys caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. 

Professor Lynch is particularly recognised for research discovering the potential of heat shock proteins to ameliorate pathology in DMD, creating the possibility of developing treatments that slow the disease’s progression.

The Woodward Medals, established by former Chancellor Sir Edward Woodward and his wife, Lady Woodward, are awarded annually to members of staff for research published in the five years leading up to 31 December of the preceding year. 

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