The Garrod Lecture was inaugurated in 1982, in honour of L P Garrod (1896-1979), whose writing and influence on antimicrobial chemotherapy was so important in the development of the discipline and whose practical clinical approach based on meticulous laboratory work seemed to suit the ethos of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.
Council awards this honour to individuals who are an international authority in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy. The recipient delivers a lecture of their choosing at either the Society Spring or Winter Conference or the annual conference of the Federation of Infection Societies. The recipient is endowed with Honorary Membership of the Society.
The Garrod Medal itself is from a limited series struck in silver by the Birmingham Mint in 1986.