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Health Research Board welcomes honour for former Director

3 January 2003

The Health Research Board (HRB) has welcomed the award by the British government of a CBE to Dr Geoffrey Dean, former Director of the Medico-Social Research Board, a forerunner of the Health Research Board. Dr Ruth Barrington, Chief Executive Officer of the HRB congratulated Dr Dean on his prestigious honour which was awarded in recognition of his contribution to medical research.

The Health Research Board (HRB) has welcomed the award by the British government of a CBE to Dr Geoffrey Dean, former Director of the Medico-Social Research Board, a forerunner of the Health Research Board. Dr Ruth Barrington, Chief Executive Officer of the HRB congratulated Dr Dean on his prestigious honour which was awarded in recognition of his contribution to medical research.

Born in Wales, Dr Dean qualified as a medical doctor in Liverpool. He served with distinction as a medical officer in the Second World War. He practised medicine for twenty years in South Africa, specialising in neurology, and also engaged actively in medical research. He made a particular contribution to the epidemiology of porphyria, a genetic disease that can cause paralysis and premature death. His book, The Prophyrias was published in 1963. During his career he also contributed to increased understanding of multiple sclerosis, lung cancer and motor neurone disease.

Director of the Medico-Social Research Board

In 1968, Dr Dean became the first Director of the Medico-Social Research Board (MSRB) in Ireland. In his autobiography, The Turnstone - A Doctor's Story, published in 2002, Dr Dean gives a vivid account of the challenge of establishing the new Board and of building a research base for the Irish health services. The MSRB was subsequently merged with the Medical Research Council of Ireland to form the Health Research Board.

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Gillian Markey, Communications Manager
Health Research Board
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e gmarkey(at)hrb.ie

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