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Professor Maggie Dallman OBE, who was a member of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) from 1984 to 1994, has been appointed the first Vice President (International) at Imperial College London. Sir Peter J Morris reports on her outstanding scientific career so far.

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Maggie Dallman joined my research group in the NDS from Stanford in 1984 as a Nuffield Research Fellow, and also as a Research Fellow at Hertford College. She soon developed her own research team and had a most productive 10 years in the NDS. She left to take up a Lecturer appointment at Imperial College in 1994 and rose through the ranks there because of her distinguished research record to become Professor of Immunology and most recently she has just been appointed as first Vice President (International) at Imperial College London. 

When she joined the NDS it was to study cellular mechanisms of graft rejection but, indeed, she changed the activities of her group within the NDS to concentrate on the role of cytokine and cytokine-receptor expression in graft rejection and tolerance induction. In this area she did some very outstanding work in rat models as well as in the human, particularly as related to the role of IL-2. 

I was looking back through the NDS reports and if I can quote the comment in 1994: 'Dr Maggie Dallman was appointed as a Lecturer in Immunology at Imperial College taking up the position in November 1994. Maggie will be missed by everybody in the NDS and indeed in the Clinical School as she had combined an outstanding scientific career with a delightful personality, which endeared her to both her students and colleagues. Fortunately she has continued collaborating with the NDS in a number of areas and has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow to the NDS.'   

Having read that it is obvious why she did so well in not only research but in administrative roles at Imperial and was the Associate Provost as well as Professor of Immunology. Her new appointment will be directed at international collaboration between Imperial and leading institutions from other regions in the world, but she will continue her research in immunology.

Sir Peter J Morris, AC, FRS

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