The International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology has awarded the Silver Medal for lifetime achievement to Professor Gordon Wilcock, Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the British Geriatrics Society.
Professor Wilcock’s career spans 45 years as a geriatrician, researcher and national clinical leader. He has been a practicing doctor since 1970, and a consultant specialising in Geriatrics and General Internal Medicine since 1976. He was Professor of Geriatric Medicine in Bristol from 1984 to 2006, then Professor of Clinical Geratology at the University of Oxford from 2006 to 2013, where he still holds an Emeritus Chair. He established pioneering memory disorder clinics at both universities, and a specialist memory ward in Bristol, as well as major programmes of research with a focus on Dementia.
Professor Wilcock was also the Founder Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Society, which grew under his leadership to become one of the UK’s most prominent and influential charities related to care and support for people with Dementia, and the editor of Age and Ageing, the medical journal of the British Geriatrics Society, for over 5 years.
Speaking at the IAGG-ER’s international congress in Dublin, Professor Wilcock said:
“I’m surprised and very honoured to receive this award. I’m also very grateful to the British Geriatrics Society, which has allowed me to contribute to many of its activities over the years, and to the large number of BGS members who have supported my work during this time.
Commenting on the award, BGS President Professor David Oliver said: “Professor Wilcock has made a truly outstanding contribution to the care of older people, especially those with Dementia, and is recognised by his peers internationally and throughout the UK. He is probably the most eminent and accomplished Academic Geriatrician in the UK over the past thirty years, and the British Geriatrics Society is delighted to see this contribution formally recognised by the IAGG-ER.”
The full title of the award given to Professor Wilcock is the Award and Honorary Diploma for Advances in Gerontology and Geriatrics, given for excellence and achievements in the Science of Ageing and in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of Gerontology in Europe.