New Year’s Honours 2012

King’s staff and alumni have featured in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list.

Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Chair of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Health Service and Population Research Department (HSPRD) at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King’s and Honorary Consultant at the Psychosexual and Relationship Service at the South London NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), has been awarded the title of CBE for services to psychiatry.

Professor Bhugra has been instrumental in developing training packages for health service professionals and strategies for psychiatric education around the world. He was Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 2003 to 2007, and President from 2008 to 2011. He is also an honorary fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and earlier this year, became the first psychiatrist from the UK to be elected President Elect of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), a role he will begin in 2014.

Bhugra says: ‘It is a great honour and I am particularly delighted as the honour recognises psychiatry and the exciting and hard work we do in the field. It would not have been possible without the support of so many colleagues both in SLaM and in the IoP and I would like to pay tribute to them for their sterling support.’

Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean and Head of School at the IoP says: ‘Dinesh’s research has significantly enriched the IoP’s portfolio of scholarship and his recent accomplishments as the President of the Royal College and his election as the President of the WPA will allow Dinesh to leave a lasting impact on the profession of psychiatry and medicine.’

Rachel Carr, a King’s alumna, was awarded an OBE for her services to education. Carr completed her BA (1986), MA (1987) and PhD (1998) in English at King’s and is the founder and Chief Executive of the charity IntoUniversity, which provides programmes of support for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, to attain either a university place or another aspiration. IntoUniversity is one of the College’s strategic Widening Participation partners.

Lord Carlile of Berriew, QC, who graduated from King’s with an LLB in 1969, was awarded a CBE for services to national security. He was appointed to the role of independent reviewer of terrorism legislation in 2001, a position he held until 2011. Lord Carlile, who sits as a Liberal Democrat peer and was elected a Fellow of King’s in 2003, has since conducted an inquiry into child protection at Ealing Abbey.

King’s alumnus and Fellow Daniel Abse was awarded a CBE for services to poetry and literature. Graduating from King’s in 1950, he has combined a career as a poet and novelist alongside that of a senior clinician in chest medicine. He was President of the Poetry Society from 1978 to 1992 and has been President of the Welsh Academy of Letters since 1995. He was elected a Fellow of King’s in 2009.

Other alumni who received honours include Neslyn Watson-Druee (MSc Education,1989), Chair of NHS Kingston who received a CBE for services to healthcare and William Cunningham (Medicine, 1974), a GP at Corbridge Health Centre, who was awarded an MBE for services to primary care.

Former students who also received honours were Fionna Macgregor Gibb, Deputy Head of Mission in Yemen, who received an OBE for diplomatic services and Jack Livingstone, who received an OBE for charitable services in Greater Manchester.

Several alumni in the military received honours including Captain Stephen Dainton (MA Defence Studies, 2004), Royal Navy, who received a CBE; Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis (Guy’s MB BS Medicine, 1977), Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Health) and Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director General (Navy) who received a CBE and Commodore Robert Thompson (MA International Studies, 2009), Royal Navy, who also received a CBE.

Memantine, a drug used to treat patients with Alzheimer’s disease, is ineffective for people with Down’s syndrome aged 40 and over, according to a study led by researchers at King’s and published in The Lancet.

The Government will save less than half of the 270 million it predicts through the proposed reforms to legal aid, and planned cuts will actually result in additional costs for the taxpaper by shifting the burden on to other areas of the public purse, according to a report published by King’s College London.

Researchers based jointly at King’s College London and the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute, have found that a type of immune cell, called a Langerhans cell, can facilitate development of skin cancer caused by exposure to harmful synthetic toxins in the environment.

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