NFORC Official Public Launch – 26 November 2014

Surgeons and researchers from around the country and beyond gathered on Wednesday, 26th of November for the offical launch of the National Facial, Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre (NFORC) in the Purcell room on London’s Southbank.

World-famous actor and Saving Faces patron, Alan Rickman , officially opened the Centre, along with NHS Deputy Director, Mike Bewick. The event was presided over by award-winning journalist, Jon Snow.

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Professor Walter Gilbert

Professor Gilbert is an eminent molecular Biologist and Nobel Laureate.  He earned a B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard College, an M.A. in Physics from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics from Cambridge University.  He has several honorary doctorates.  At Harvard, he has been a Professor of Physics, of Biophysics, of Biochemistry, and of Biology, and also the American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology.  He is currently the Chair of the Harvard Society of Fellows.  Professor Gilbert was a founder and the first CEO of Biogen.  He is a founder and Director of Myriad Genetics and also is a Venture Capitalist.

Professor Paul Gregg

Professor Gregg is Emeritus Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. He is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgical Science at University of Durham and is Vice Chair at the National Joint Registry Steering Committee from 2002 to 2014. He is also Orthopaedic Advisor for Ramsay Healthcare.

Engaging the researchers of tomorrow

The Bart’s and the London Medical School held a careers fair on the 18th of March. Director of NFORC, Professor Iain Hutchison and a team of NFORC researchers spoke to medical students about the importance of surgical research. NFORC is paving the way for head and neck research in the UK and is committed to making it an integral part of medical practise in the future.

Mr David H Verity

BOPSS Representative

Trained in ophthalmology in UK, Mr Verity undertook two Fellowships in ophthalmic adnexal disease before joining the consultant staff at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2004. With multiple publications and book chapters in the fields of immunogenetics, and eyelid, lacrimal and orbital disease, he now specialises in managing complex adnexal disease, and is an active teacher both at national and international levels. He is a full member of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) (current Treasurer 2014), the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS), and the International Society of Ocular Oncology. In 2009, he was elected to the Orbital Society, and in 2010 became Editor-in Chief of the international journal ORBIT. In 2013 he joined the faculty of the European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology (ESASO).