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09 May 2008
Welsh Assembly Government First Minister Rhodri Morgan has welcomed Cardiff University’s creation of the first Cochrane Chair in Public Health.
The First Minister Rhodri Morgan described the news as "a great announcement, not just for medical education but for education and health more generally in Wales and elsewhere."
The major new research appointment results from a partnership between Cardiff University and investor, Mr Gerard Walsh.
The First Minister Rhodri Morgan welcomed Mr Walsh’s "major contribution to the public health field by making this all possible."
He added: "The Chair honours one of the world’s greatest epidemiologists and a very major figure in Welsh, British and world medicine whose pioneering work in Wales enabled him to establish the principle of the randomised trial. It is the randomised trial, which provides the proper foundation for evaluating all modern medical innovations.
"Now his colossal contribution to medicine and public health will be properly honoured via this new Chair. It will be inter-disciplinary and will seek to link social science, medical science and dentistry in very exciting new initiatives."
The first Cochrane professorial position within a UK university reflects the University’s strong links with Archie Cochrane, who worked in the forerunner to Cardiff’s School of Medicine and who carried out much of his groundbreaking research in the South Wales Valleys.
Securing funding for the Chair is a major highlight in the University’s 125th Anniversary year.
A worldwide search has now begun in order to find a leading academic for the Cochrane Chair in Public Health, a professorial post that will have international healthcare and public health policy impact.
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