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Neurosurgeon wins prestigious Hunterian Professorship award

Congratulations to Angelos Kolias, a consultant neurosurgeon from Addenbrooke’s, who has won a prestigious award for his cutting-edge research into traumatic brain injury.

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Angelos Kolias

Angelos, who is also a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge, has won the Hunterian Professor Award for 2023 from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

It is bestowed for original research or innovations and since 1810 has been awarded to pioneering surgeons including former health minister, Professor Ara Darzi, and Sir James Paget, known for his studies of the bone disorder, Paget’s Disease

Last year Angelos was lead author of a paper that demonstrated that craniectomy – the process of removing part of the skull to relieve pressure on the brain – is recommended to improve survival and better outcomes for certain patients.

The long-term data from the RESCUEicp Randomised Clinical Trial led by the University of Cambridge’s Department of Clinical Neurosciences, based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, was published in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Neurology. This followed the publication of the primary outcome data in the peer-reviewed journal New England Journal of Medicine in 2016.

It led to the US-based Brain Trauma Foundation – a body dedicated to improving outcomes for victims of traumatic brain injury – updating its guidelines for clinicians.

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A letter to Angelos from RCS president, Professor Neil Mortensen, says:

“I have great pleasure in informing you that the research committee has awarded you a Hunterian Lectureship for your lecture entitled, “Decompressive Craniectomy in Traumatic Brain Injury – strengthening the evidence base."

The Hunterian Lectures continue to be highly regarded and prestigious awards within the field of surgery and are awarded annually in stiff competition. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on this award.

Professor Neil Mortensen

Angelos said:

I am absolutely delighted to receive this honour and am grateful to my mentors and colleagues who have supported me over the years. I need to make special mention of Professors Peter Hutchinson and John Pickard, the current and past chairs of the Division of Academic Neurosurgery, University of Cambridge.

Angelos Kolias

For more information about the Hunterian Professorship visit the Royal College of Surgeons website

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