Honorary graduates

2008

Professor Alejandro Madrigal, Scientific Director of The Anthony Nolan Trust

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his work as one of the world's most distinguished scientists in the field of bone marrow transplantation and transplantation using cord blood cells and for bringing together more than 26 partner institutions to undertake research into improving current transplant regimes for cancer patients.

Professor Alejandro MadrigalAfter studying medicine in Mexico, Professor Madrigal held a variety of academic research posts and fellowships in America, joining The Anthony Nolan Trust in London as Head of Research in 1993, appointed Scientific Director two years later. He has played a pivotal role in developing the world's first bone marrow donor register, supporting the Trust's mission to help take back lives from leukaemia. Leading a group of more than 40 scientists, he also initiated the Trust's cord blood programme to assist with transplantations.

With over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous international awards, Professor Madrigal was last year honoured by the Mexican government with the prestigious Ohtli Award. Among multiple national and international appointments, he is Chairman and Co-ordinator of AlloStem, the largest EU-funded immunotherapy project, bringing together leading research groups including NTU's School of Science and Technology.

Over the past decade, the university's cancer research experts have collaborated with Professor Madrigal on a range of EU-funded projects. This has led to a unique collaboration with the Trust, culminating in the development of The Anthony Nolan Cell Therapy Centre at the university's Clifton campus, the first such facility outside London.

 

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