Queen’s University Belfast Vice-Chancellor dies suddenly

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  • The Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast, Professor Patrick Johnston, has passed away.

    Mr Johnston was regarded as one of the world's leading cancer researchers, and during his time at Queen's University he was Dean of a number of university schools, including the school of medicine, dentistry and biomedical sciences, before becoming vice-chancellor in 2014.

    In 2007 Mr Johnston led the development of a new international Medical School at QUB, and in 2013, he was awarded the International Bob Pinedo Cancer Care Prize for his work in translating discovery science for the benefit of cancer patients.

    In a statement Queen's University said: "It is, with a deep sense of shock and loss, that I have to announce the untimely and sudden death of our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston, earlier today.

    "We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Iseult, his wife, and their four boys, Seamus, Eoghan, Niall and Ruairi, and the wider family circle at this desperately sad time."

    Invest Northern Ireland Chief Executive, Alastair Hamilton also expressed his shock at the sudden passing of Professor Paddy Johnston, saying: “I was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Professor Paddy Johnston yesterday. On behalf of the Invest NI team, I would offer my sympathy to Paddy’s wife and family who are having to deal with this loss.

    “I would also like to pay tribute to the tremendous contribution which Paddy made throughout his career to the betterment of society, not only in Northern Ireland, but globally. His ground breaking research into cancer treatment was, rightly, internationally recognised and played a huge role in showcasing our research capability on a global stage.

    “More recently, since he become Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University, I had the privilege of working closely with Paddy and our wider higher education sector to promote the outstanding capability of our universities in international markets. His loss will be felt across the globe.”

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