The Daniel Turnberg Memorial Fund was set up by Lord and Lady Turnberg in memory of their late son Daniel, a doctor and researcher with a keen interest in fostering links between the UK, Israel and the Middle East.
The Daniel Turnberg Memorial Fund was established by Lord and Lady Turnberg of Cheadle following the loss of their son Daniel in a plane crash in Africa at the age of 37. Daniel had already made a mark as a bright young doctor and as a medical researcher and was destined for a future full of promise. A graduate of Leeds University, he trained first in hospitals in Yorkshire before starting his specialist training in renal medicine in a series of London teaching hospitals. He went on to obtain his PhD for his research into the role of the immune system in kidney disease at Imperial College and the Hammersmith Hospital before taking up a lectureship in renal medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in 2006.
But above all his academic achievements it was the universal view of his kind and gentle nature, his compassion for others and his sense of fun and enthusiasm for everything that life had to offer that earned him the love, respect and admiration of his patients, colleagues and wide circle of friends. In setting up this fund his parents hope to continue a keen interest he had in international medicine and in encouraging greater understanding between Israel, the Middle East and the UK.
The Daniel Turnberg Memorial Fund supports both individual travel fellowships and wider connections and networking for researchers across the UK and Middle East.
Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowship grants
The Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships encourage early and mid-career scientists to experience an alternative research environment, learn new techniques and develop ideas for future collaborations. Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has supported over 300 researchers from across the Middle East and the UK to visit, learn and exchange ideas.
Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowship alumni networks
Researchers supported through this programme embark on their time abroad at different times and in different places, affording few opportunities to meet each other. Fellows originate from or visit the Middle East where too often national politics prevent interaction. We are therefore delighted to have hosted two alumni conferences in politically neutral Cyprus in 2016 and 2019, bringing together hundreds of researchers from across the Middle East and the UK.
Alumni of the Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships are also invited to join our exclusive alumni network, where they can access tailored career support from the Academy and meet other researchers from their scheme and beyond.
The Daniel Turnberg Memorial Fund is supporting remarkable researchers.
Professor Mayyada Wazaify from the University of Jordan and Dr Jenny Scott from the University of Bath have become firm friends as well as long-term collaborators.