Posted on 12 June 1999
Professor Culyer is a founder member of the NHS Central Research and Development Committee and chaired a Task Force on Support for NHS R&D in 1993. The Culyer Report which followed led to major changes in the organisation and funding of research in the NHS. He was appointed Vice-Chair of the new National Institute for Clinical Excellence in April and was until recently Vice-Chair of the North Yorkshire Health Authority. His CBE is for services for NHS research and development.
Professor Culyer has taught at the University of York since 1969 and has been head of Economics since 1986. He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1991 to 1994 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 1994 to 1997. He is one of a group of leading health policy commentators at York, whose research teams in health policy and financing, clinical and cost-effectiveness, outcome measurement and NHS resourcing are known the world over. Collaborative developments between York's large number of research groups who specialise in health-related studies are being led by Professor Culyer.
Professor Culyer said: "This honour is really an appreciation less of me than of the work of successive teams of highly talented and committed people with whom it has been my pride and pleasure to work with over the past 15 years."
"The great success of the NHS's R&D policy is testimony to the effectiveness for achieving significant change of a combination of things. These include clear strategic direction, good analysis, evidence that is sufficient for the purpose at hand, humane values and real collaboration between the academic community and the civil service."