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Congratulations to Dr Caroline Watson, CRUK-funded Clinical Research Fellow (2017-2021) in the Blundell lab, who has been awarded the prestigious Milo Keynes prize by the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine for the outstanding quality of her PhD thesis. Caroline's thesis was entitled The evolutionary dynamics of clonal haematopoiesis and its progression to acute myeloid leukaemia.

Caroline recently completed her clinical haematology training and is currently applying for Clinician Scientist Fellowships to continue her research.  She comments, "I am delighted and honoured to be awarded this prize for my PhD thesis. I am incredibly grateful to my PhD supervisor, Jamie Blundell, as well as CRUK and the Early Cancer Institute for the fantastic support, funding and environment along the way – I can honestly say it was the best 4 years of my life and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity."

Milo Keynes FRCS; MB BChir; MD; MChir; DM (Oxford) (9 August 1924 – 18 February 2009) was a General surgeon, medical editor and writer. He was also the Great-grandson of Charles Darwin, and a nephew of John Maynard Keynes. Milo studied at Trinity College before taking up his clinical studies at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. Following this time at St Bart’s, and back in Cambridge as a surgical registrar, Milo took a Nuffield Foundation Medical Fellowship in Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. On returning to the UK, Milo held further positions at St Bart’s as a senior surgical registrar, the Nuffield University of Oxford Department of Surgery and the Radcliffe Infirmary before returning to Cambridge in 1973 as a part-time clinical anatomist.  It was then that Milo became an editor of medical books and developed his career as a writer and historian. On his death, Milo bequeathed a sum to the University in order to establish the Milo Keynes Fund to support prizes for exceptional research. The value of the Prize is £100.