A FERTILITY pioneer, who attended school in Hightown, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours.
Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown has dedicated his professional life to helping people affected by fertility problems.
He said he was delighted to have received the MBE which was recognition for the work done by his entire team.
Dr Kirkman-Brown is one of the UK’s leading researchers in the field of reproductive medicine and heads cutting-edge studies into the science behind fertility for the benefit of couples struggling to conceive.
He is Science Lead for the Birmingham Women’s Fertility Centre and Director of the Centre for Human Reproductive Science at the University of Birmingham. His clinical work also involves a close relationship with the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital which is the receiving hospital for military casualties, many of whom are serving in Afghanistan.
He and his team are on call around the clock to deal with men whose injuries may threaten their fertility.
Earlier this year he received a Commander of Joint Medical Command’s (JMC’s) Commendation for his work in this area.
Dr Kirkman-Brown, who attended Hightown First School, where his mother Jennifer Brown was headteacher for 25 years, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this honour. It is a credit to the entire team that our work has been recognised in this way.
“The best thing has been seeing the difference that our work has made to individuals and we look forward to the first child being born as a result of our work, which is due in early 2013.”
Professor Ros Keeton, Chief Executive of Birmingham Women’s Hospital said: “We are delighted that Jackson has received this great honour. Jackson is a wonderful asset for the Women’s, he thoroughly deserves to be recognised in this way.”