HRH The Duchess of Cornwall paid the Southampton University a visit this morning to collect an honorary degree in recognition of her work on osteoporosis The Duchess of Cornwall has been President of the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) since 2001 and was the Society’s Patron between 1997 and 2001.
The NOS works to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. The Duchess lost both her mother and grandmother to the disease.[photoshelter-gallery g_id=”G0000APpXuHVimA4″ g_name=”HRH-Visiting-Southampton” width=”1000″ f_fullscreen=”t” bgtrans=”t” pho_credit=”iptc” twoup=”f” f_bbar=”t” f_bbarbig=”f” fsvis=”f” f_show_caption=”t” crop=”f” f_enable_embed_btn=”t” f_htmllinks=”t” f_l=”t” f_send_to_friend_btn=”f” f_show_slidenum=”t” f_topbar=”f” f_show_watermark=”t” img_title=”casc” linkdest=”c” trans=”xfade” target=”_self” tbs=”5000″ f_link=”t” f_smooth=”f” f_mtrx=”t” f_ap=”t” f_up=”f” height=”400″ btype=”old” bcolor=”#CCCCCC” ]
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has shown inspiring leadership in supporting patients, researchers, policy-makers and health professionals engaged in the management of osteoporosis. As President of the National Osteoporosis Society, and a previous speaker for the International Osteoporosis Foundation, she has been a champion for all who work with, or suffer from, this debilitating disorder which leads to many thousands of fractures each year. The excellence of the clinical service and research programme led by Professor Cyrus Cooper at the University of Southampton would not have been possible without the encouragement and support that she has given.
The University of Southampton is delighted to award an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Science, honoris causa) to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
The Duchess of Cornwall received the doctorate alongside a number of PhD students receiving their Post Doctorate degrees at a unique ceremony at the Nuffield Theatre on Thursday (11 February).
The University of Southampton awards honorary degrees to inspiring individuals who distinguish themselves nationally and internationally, often in fields directly related to areas of expertise associated with the University.
Professor Cyrus Cooper, Director of the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre, University of Southampton, said: “As President of the National Osteoporosis Society, and a previous speaker for the International Osteoporosis Foundation, The Duchess of Cornwall has been a champion for all who work with, or suffer from, this debilitating disorder which leads to many thousands of fractures each year. The excellence of the clinical service and research programme here at the University of Southampton would not have been possible without the encouragement and support that she has given.” The Duchess of Cornwall gave a short speech on receiving the award in which she praised the internationally-leading research into musculoskeletal disease carried out between the Faculty of Medicine and the University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. The Duchess of Cornwall received the honorary doctorate alongside 13 PhD students who were receiving doctorates from varying areas of study including Chemistry, Optoelectronics, Modern Languages, Maths and Human Development and Health. The ceremony was presided over by Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, Vice Chancellor of the University. Afterwards The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Institute for Life Sciences where she met with academics and saw various research projects into hybrid bio devices, prosthetics and regenerative medicine. Sir Christopher said: “We are delighted to be able to award The Duchess of Cornwall an honorary degree. Her dedication to helping people with osteoporosis is an inspiration and we are honoured she has accepted this award.”