Queen’s University Professor James McElnay, a Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Acting President and Vice-Chancellor (August 2013 – February 2014 and June 2017 – July 2018), has been named Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Higher Education and Pharmacy.
Professor McElnay’s research focuses on approaches to improve medication adherence, methods of identifying poor adherence and improving medicines management in patients receiving polypharmacy. The most recent developments have been in the field of IT approaches to assist medication adherence, including direct observation of therapy (DOT) using mobile phone technology. The use of dried blood spot ampling to assess adherence also forms an integral aspect of current research.
The New Year Honours list celebrates the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom. Along with the Queen’s Birthday Honours, they are the most significant announcement of civilian and military gallantry awards.