Grammar old boy to be Royal College president

AN old boy of Larne Grammar School has been elected as the next president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Terence Stephenson, who is professor of child health and dean of the faculty of medicine and health sciences at the University of Nottingham, will serve a three-year term from April 2009.

A practising doctor specialising in child health, Prof Stephenson’s areas of expertise and research interest include foetal programming, neonatal nutrition and acute paediatrics. He is also a non-executive director of the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

He said, "It is a huge honour and a privilege to be elected by one's peers to serve paediatricians and children."

Vice-chancellor Prof Sir Colin Campbell, said, "Terence Stephenson's election is excellent news for doctors working in child health in the United Kingdom and represents a significant achievement by a senior academic at the University of Nottingham.

“He has been an outstanding dean of medicine and we are delighted he should receive such recognition. We are all very pleased to congratulate him."

Prof Stephenson returned to Larne Grammar School three years ago when he was guest of honour at the annual prize distribution.