Queen’s Birthday Honours

Queen's Birthday Honours

Here, we say congratulations to the members of the CO-CONNECT team who were mentioned in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours list.

Professor Sir Aziz Sheikh OBE

One of CO-CONNECT’s Principal Investigators, Aziz Sheikh, has been awarded a knighthood for his services towards COVID-19 research and policy. Throughout the pandemic, Professor Sir Aziz had led many research collaborations across Scotland, the UK and internationally.

His contributions to COVID-19 research include, but are not limited to:

  • ActingActing as Principal Investigator on the Early Pandemic Evaluation and Enhanced Surveillance of COVID-19 (EAVE II) study;

  • Acting as Principal Investigator on the Data and Connectivity: COVID-19 Vaccine Pharmacovigilance (DaC-VaP) study; and

  • Acting as Principal investigator on the Vaccine Breakthrough Project.

This is in addition to maintaining his responsibilities as the Director of the Usher Institute, and as Director of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (AUKCAR).

Congratulations Professor Sir Sheikh!

Dr Susan Hopkins, Honorary CBE

Dr Susan Hopkins, another one of CO-CONNECT’s Principle Investigators, has been made an Honorary CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to Public Health, having acted as a Healthcare Epidemiologist Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Public Health England.

In December 2021, Dr. Hopkins also received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award from The Republic of Ireland President, Michael D. Higgins.

Congratulations Dr Hopkins!

Professor Joanne Martin, CBE

Professor Joanne Martin was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her exemplary services to the NHS and medical education.

Professor Martin is CO-CONNECT’s Work Package 2 Lead . She is currently the Director of the Blizard Institute and Professor at Pathology at Queen Mary University of London.

Congratulations Professor Martin!

On behalf of the CO-CONNECT team, we would like to thank these outstanding scientists for their extraordinary contributions to both science and society. We are excited to continue to work alongside you, and our data partners, in further developing CO-CONNECT into an invaluable resource that will facilitate future advancements in COVID-19 research.

Learn more about their work

EAVE II (Early Pandemic Evaluation and Enhanced Surveillance of COVID-19) 


DaC-VaP (Data and Connectivity: COVID-19 Vaccines Pharmacovigilance)


Vaccine Breakthrough Project


NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance


Blizard Institute