Tuesday 6 December 2016

Crumlin Children’s Hospital cancer specialist Prof Owen Smith awarded CBE by Queen

Published 27/11/2015 | 23:53

Professor Owen Patrick Smith (l) and Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland
Professor Owen Patrick Smith (l) and Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland

Crumlin Children’s Hospital cancer specialist Prof Owen Smith has been awarded a CBE by Queen Elizabeth.

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The Honorary CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) is in recognition of his life-long work on cancer in children and adolescents.

The award was presented to Prof Smith, on behalf o the  Queen by  Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland at a ceremony in the ambassador’s residence, Glencairn.

Prof Smith, is a consultant paediatric haematologist has treated thousands of young cancer patients att Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin over the years.

He is the principal investigator at the National Children's Research Centre, Crumlin, and the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Trinity College Dublin.

He is also Regius Professor of Physic [1637], Professor of Haematology [2002], Trinity College Dublin. He is also a Special Advisor to new children’s hospital.

One of Professor Smiths’ major contributions to Irish medicine has been through the promotion of clinical research and basic scientific discovery. He has a strong record of championing significant national developments in child and adolescent health over the past two decades and is principal investigator in international peer-review cancer clinical trial design.

 He has received extensive recognition for his work to date including Honorary Fellowship of Trinity College;  St Lukes Medal; Graves’s Medal; and his research programme has generated numerous PhD, MD, and MSc / BA Mods. studentships and peer reviewed publications.

The ambassador said:“There must be hundreds if not thousands of people who are alive today because of Professor Smith’s  pioneering work in the field of blood cancer in children and teenagers over the last 25 years. His work has touched children and young people across Ireland, the UK and indeed further afield. He is held in the highest esteem by his peers in the United Kingdom and fully deserves the recognition which his honorary award bestows.”

The honour CBE is that of Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. These awards are conferred by The Queen, on the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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