Royal honours for Newcastle academics

Written by News, On Campus

Newcastle University has a big reason to celebrate, with two academics being listed in The Queen’s New Year Honours for their services to Primary Care and Medical Research.

The New Year Honours recognises and rewards astonishing people across the country, for their outstanding achievements in their working field. They are awarded their titles from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth or another senior member of the Royal Family, on one of two occasions, the beginning of a new year, or to mark the Queen’s official birthday in June.

Professor Louise Robinson has been awarded a Damehood for her lifelong commitment to bettering the lives of the elderly. As Director of the university’s Institute for Ageing, much of her research focused on allowing the elderly to keep as active and independent as they possibly can.

She told The Courier, “I am still stunned and shocked by this award. However I am overwhelmed and absolutely delighted, to be recognised in this way for what to me has been not a job, but a lifelong passion to improve the care of older people especially those with living with dementia. I hope that by accepting this award it is an acknowledgement that the research we have undertaken at Newcastle has made a real difference.”

The Institute for Ageing here at the university is a world-class institution bringing together over 700 academics, and over 50 years worth of experience. Meaning Newcastle University is one of the core leaders in researching old age, the negative effects it has on the health of an individual, and how to remain physically and mentally healthy.
The second reason to celebrate comes from Professor Herbie Newell who has been awarded a CBE for his research into cancer, and drug development.

Professor Newell has had an astonishing career, being heavily involved in the researching of the chemotherapy treatments carboplatin and ralitrexed, both of which can be used to treat a variety of different cancers

, and have greatly helped improve the lives of a number of cancer patients.

After retiring in 2016, Professor Newell paid tribute to his colleagues in the industry and patients who have both helped with drug development, he said “this honour recognises the wonderful work of the charities that support our research, especially Cancer Research UK, the patients who have taken part in the clinical trials on the drugs I have helped to develop, and all the excellent colleagues in academia and industry I have had the privilege of working with over the years”.

The full New Year Honours list for 2019 recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom and is available online.

Last modified: 7th February 2019

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