16 May, 2019, 2:00 pm
Repairing People: Innovations and Possibilities in Medicine
Professor Colonel Alan Roberts
Leeds City Museum
Professor Colonel Alan Clive Roberts OBE KStJ TD DL MPhil Ph.D. DSc LLD DTech FLS CBiol FRSB FCGI CIMechE is a Consultant and Clinical Scientist, specialising in biomaterials, clinical prosthetics and implants in reconstructive surgery. He is an international authority on the research, development, and the use of tissue adhesives in wound management. The soft tissue adhesive Indermil on which he worked has been hailed as ‘a revolution in surgery’ and he himself has been described as the “father of tissue adhesive”.
During his military career Professor Roberts served with the Royal Artillery and was awarded Prince Philip Medal for research in the field of implantation materials in 1970, the MBE in 1982, and the OBE for contributions to science & technology in 2002.
He was Director of the Centre for Clinical Prosthetics, Dept of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Professor of Biomaterials in Surgery at Academic Surgical Unit of the University of Hull. In addition, he has also held posts at the Nuffield Hospital in Leeds, St Lukes Hospital Bradford and was Chairman of the Bradford Research Ethics Committee. Professor Roberts is Director of the Biomaterials Research Unit, University of Bradford as well as being a former joint Director of the Institute of Health Research and was Chairman of the National Research Ethics Service from 2006-11. He was Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Court and Council at the University of Leeds from 1983-2000.
Professor Roberts was Vice-President of the Royal Society of Medicine from 2007–09 and the Founder President of the Technology in Medicine Section from 2009-2011. He was Honorary Treasurer of the RSM and in 2018 he received a Royal Society of Medicine medal – click here to read more.