The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) came back to his student roots last week when he visited the University to learn about its world-leading research and to meet nursing staff on the front-line of patient care at the Queen’s Medical Centre.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a University Alumnus, also received an Honorary Degree recognising his outstanding contribution to world health care. Dr Tedros received a PhD in Public Health Medicine from the University in 2000.
Dr Tedros told BBC Radio Nottingham during his visit: “I have special memories here. Happy moments, and I’m glad to be back. I was away for almost 20 years but I was really connected, because I had many friends here. Some now are working with me in Geneva, so it is like I am still a part of the family.”
During his visit Dr Tedros delivered a Vice-Chancellor’s lecture with Professor Jonathan Van Tam MBE (Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health and a Professor at the University), on ‘Facing the Future: Challenges and Opportunities for the Next 25 years of Global Public Health’.
He also visited the QMC where he met with staff and student nurses and midwives and learnt about the research and innovation happening on the frontline of care.
He also visited the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre where he met with Professor David Walker and heard about the important translational research which is being done into new treatments for brain tumours and reducing the life-changing disabilities that can occur as a result of current treatments.
Dr Tedros also got to meet staff, children and families on the Paediatric Oncology ward at the QMC.
Later in the day Dr Tedros took part in a World-Changing Research Roundtable followed by the inaugural University of Nottingham Civic graduation Dinner in the evening.
He told BBC East Midlands Today: “It is because of the University of Nottingham that I am what I am now and the investment that the university made in me.
“I think what they are doing here, will not only be helpful for Nottingham, but it can help the rest of the world too.”
See our blog post for a gallery of Dr Tedros' visit.
Posted on Wednesday 24th July 2019