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Published: 24 June 2024

Dr Imran Rafi, Reader in General Practice and Genomics, has been awarded an MBE in the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of service to General Practice and Genomics.

Until recently, Dr Rafi was a GP Principal for over 20 years. He is currently the Co-Clinical Representative in Genomics for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) alongside his close GP collaborator, Dr Jude Hayward, an Honorary Research Fellow and a national Primary Care Education Lead. Together, they are members of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Genomics partnership. 

Dr Rafi has also been the Chair/Joint Medical Director of the RCGP Clinical Innovation and Research Centre for seven years. His passion for genomics has led to esteemed advisory roles where he provides a GP voice and input particularly with the aim to implement genomic medicine that’s acceptable to General Practice and current practice workflows.

A recent research area of interest to Dr Rafi, with Dr Hayward, has been exploring how an individual's genes influence their response to drugs to reduce adverse drug reactions and ultimately increase drug efficacy.

“Winning an MBE is such a wonderful honour. It brings recognition to all those working to ensure our patients in General Practice have access to all the advances being made in the field of Genomic Medicine. Importantly the award, in my mind, represents important collaboration between primary care and our genomic specialist colleagues."

- Dr Imran Rafi, Institute of Medical, Biomedical and Allied Health Education -

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