2024 Rank Prizes awarded in London

On 1 July, the 2024 Rank Prizes were awarded at the Royal College of Physicians in London. Over 100 guests attended the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of this year’s winners. Dame Sally Davies, the UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance, was Guest of Honour.

Rank Prize for Nutrition

Professor Roy Taylor and Professor Mike Lean were the winners of the 2024 Rank Prize for Nutrition. Their research has furthered understanding of how type 2 diabetes develops, and has shown for the first time that remission from type 2 diabetes is possible for some by following a low-energy weight management programme. Their work is transforming services for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes by giving them the support to manage their health and reverse the effects of this serious condition.

Find out more about the Nutrition winners here.

Rank Prize for Optoelectronics

The 2024 Rank Prize for Optoelectronics was awarded to four internationally leading scientists for the development of instruments that use adaptive optics technologies to capture high-resolution images of the living human retina. Their pioneering research has generated new fundamental insights into the structure and function of the human eye in both health and disease as well as new clinical interventions to remedy sight loss from common disorders. The winning scientists are:

  • Dr Junzhong Liang
  • Professor Donald T. Miller
  • Professor Austin Roorda
  • Professor David R. Williams


Find out more about the Optoelectronics winners here.

Following the presentations, guests, ranging from former prizewinners to early-career researchers, continued the exchange of ideas at the reception.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s ceremony and to send our warmest congratulations to the winners for their seminal research with real-world impact.

Photos: Josh Caius