Honorary Fellowship for Duchess of Cornwall
13 Sep 2007
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of King's College London today (Thursday 13 September) in recognition of her outstanding contribution through her role as a patron of numerous charitable organisations, particularly as President of the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS), with whose work King's is closely associated.
At a ceremony in the College's Strand Chapel the Honorary Fellowship was conferred on Her Royal Highness by The Chairman of King's College Council, Baroness Rawlings. The Honorary Fellowship is the highest honour the College can bestow: it recognises distinction in fields outside academic life.
The Ceremony was attended by staff, students, Fellows and guests of the College together with members and staff of the NOS, including Mrs Claire Severgnini, the Chief Executive of NOS and Society Trustees.
Chairman of King's College Council, Baroness Rawlings comments: ‘I am delighted to welcome our newest Honorary Fellow, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, inaugurating what I hope will be a long and happy association with the College. Under Her Royal Highness' patronage the National Osteoporosis Society has turned the spotlight on relieving the suffering of the ‘silent disease'.'
Osteoporosis is a loss of density in bones leading them to become more fragile and prone to break. Every three minutes someone in the UK breaks a bone as a result of this disease. This can cost the NHS almost £5 million per day. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall was made President of the NOS in October 2001.
Important work in the field of osteoporosis is undertaken at King's. Ignac Fogelman, Professor of Nuclear Medicine, Senior Lecturer, Dr Glen Blake, and Lecturer, Dr Michelle Frost, of the Division of Imaging Sciences in the School of Medicine, have received generous support from the NOS for doctoral research. From 2002-05 King's student Amelia Moore undertook her PhD working on a project which involved investigating the use of 99mTc-MDP plasma clearance methods for quantifying bone metabolism. She now works at the College as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.
Sylvia Edwards will take up the NOS-funded Linda Edwards Memorial PhD Studentship at King's in October, to research the link between osteoporosis and heart disease.
Dr Frost has been the recipient, on five occasions, of the NOS Young Investigator Award.
Mrs Claire Severgnini, Chief Executive of National Osteoporosis Society, said: ‘The Duchess of Cornwall, for more than ten years, has worked very hard alongside the National Osteoporosis Society to raise the profile of a disease that affects millions but has not always got the attention it deserves. Her Royal Highness' dedication and commitment to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis has been resolute. We are delighted that the Duchess' excellent work on osteoporosis is being recognized by King's College London.