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Finnish Clinical Scientist Receives Honour from RCSEd

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07 May 2012


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh recognised the achievements of a Finnish clinical scientist at an awards ceremony held at the Edinburgh College Friday 27 April 2012.

Professor Stina Syrjänen was awarded the Honorary Fellowship in Dental Surgery from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for her outstanding work in the field of Human Papilloma Virus research - a virus which can cause skin or mucous membranes infections and is often associated with the development of oral cancer.  Her research group was the first to suggest the association of HPV with oral cancer and laryngeal cancer in 1982.

Dean of the Dental Faculty at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Professor Richard Ibbetson said:

"The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was delighted to welcome Professor Syrjänen to receive her Honorary Fellowship Award. This award has been made in recognition of Professor Syrjänen's pioneering and groundbreaking research work in oral health.

"It was a great pleasure to present the Honorary Fellowship award to mark Professor Syrjanen's outstanding achievement."

Established in 1505, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is one of the world's oldest and largest surgical establishments dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical and dental practice, through its activities in education, training and examinations. The Honorary Fellowship to the College is occasionally given to individuals as recognition of the College's admiration and gratitude for his/her achievements in the service of mankind.

 At the awards ceremony, Professor Syrjänen joined surgeons and dental surgeons from countries around the globe who traveled to Edinburgh to receive Fellowship and Membership diplomas in recognition of passing rigorous surgical and dental examinations.

Commenting on receiving her award, Professor Syrjänen said:

 "I express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for my admission to the Honorary Fellowship of Dental Surgery.  The Diploma Ceremony was a memorable day, filled with traditions and speeches in a friendly atmosphere.  I could never have imagined to have experienced such an occasion and to have received such an honour."

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