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Mike Sharland has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his work on antimicrobial resistance, in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Sharland, based in the Institute for Infection and Immunity, is one of the UK and Europe’s leading experts on antimicrobial prescribing. His principal research interest centres on optimising the use of microbials in children. He is also a consultant in paediatric infectious diseases at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Until recently he chaired the Department of Health’s Expert Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance, Prescribing and Healthcare Associated Infection. 

Professor Sharland is a member of the World Health Organisation’s Essential Medicines List panel and helped to develop the WHO’s new classification system for antibiotics, which seeks to address antimicrobial resistance worldwide.

Professor Sharland said: “This honour is meaningful for me as it recognises the considerable efforts by many people to try and combat the emerging threat of AMR.  In particular, it is recognition of the work done on deriving simple indicators of optimal prescribing and reducing the burden of infection due to multidrug resistant pathogens. This work is very important at a global level and I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to further develop these measures with the WHO.”

Professor Sharland’s investiture will take place over the summer.

Professor Jenny Higham, Principal of St George’s, University of London said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Mike’s tireless efforts in this vital area have been recognised at such a high level.”