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This week saw a series of events to celebrate the Queens Anniversary Prize. Twenty institutions have been awarded prizes in this the tenth round including Peter Rothwell and the Stroke Prevention Unit based in NDCN. The Anniversary Prizes are presented every two years for work of outstanding importance and quality in any of the fields of activity of the universities and colleges of higher and further education in the UK. The awards are managed by the Royal Anniversary Trust, which was created to commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Queen's accession to the throne in 1992.

The Stroke Prevention Unit is regarded as one of the most productive stroke research groups in the world, its researchers having published over 200 papers during the last 10 years, including 30 papers in Lancet or Lancet Neurology, and 25 mainly clinical fellows have worked towards doctorates on the unit. This award recognises the team’s dedication and commitment to conducting ground breaking research, which over the last decade has revolutionised several aspects of clinical practice in stroke prevention.

The prizes were presented by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 27th February. The previous evening representatives of prize-winning institutions attended a banquet at the Guildhall in the City of London, bringing together the winners with leading figures in economic, social and cultural life at home and overseas.

The enormous contribution of everyone in the team was celebrated at a drinks reception at St Anne’s College after the formal ceremony at the Palace.

The achievements of the Stroke Prevention Unit are acknowledged as one of Oxford’s key neuroscience research impacts.