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Honorary degrees

Each year, The Institute of Cancer Research awards honorary degrees to individuals to recognise and celebrate their dedication to and outstanding achievements in cancer research and awareness raising.

2023 honorary graduates

  • Lola Manterola was honoured for her outstanding support of the ICR's mission and her leadership in collaborative international efforts to raise much-needed funds for cancer research through CRIS Cancer Foundation. Together with her husband, Diego, Lola set up CRIS Cancer in 2011, after she overcame a deadly form of myeloma blood cancer. Since founding CRIS Cancer, they have given out more than £50m in grants and fellowships for cancer research – and helped fund almost 500 clinical trials.
  • Professor Sir Bruce Ponder was honoured for his outstanding contributions to cancer research as an exceptional leader in the field of cancer genetics, and for his pioneering work in cancer predisposition genes. He was the first to identify that the RET gene was involved in cancer, and was also involved in the identification of the BRCA2 gene in 1995 – a discovery which has helped transform genetic testing and treatment for women with breast cancer.


I’m honoured to receive this recognition from the ICR. It’s been more than ten years since we founded CRIS and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved so far.

– Lola Manterola, co-founder of CRIS Cancer Foundation

Lola Manterola speaking at the lectern after receiving an honorary doctorate


Honorary graduates from previous years


2016 - 2019


  • Professor Sangeeta Bhatia for her pioneering multidisciplinary research which is bringing a bioengineering approach to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.




2011 - 2015





  • Professor Peter Garland
  • Professor Michael Jarman