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National honour for research excellence

9th November 2006 – for immediate release

Aston University’s research excellence has been recognised yet again with the news that an Emeritus Professor at the University has received one of the UK medical community’s highest honours.

Professor Graham Harding has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians – the highest honour that the College can bestow on a non-medically qualified person.

The award recognises Prof Harding’s lifetime’s work and research in the field of Neurophysiology. He is a world authority on photosensitive epilepsy and its treatment and has published many papers and two books on the subject. Graham recognised the early dangers of inappropriate broadcasts (such as flashing strobe lights) on television and in video games and drafted the original OFCOM guidelines in this area.

Recently he advised on the potential dangers of photosensitivity from wind farms in the UK.

Speaking during the recent admission of Fellows event at The Royal College, Dr Jonathan Cole said: ‘Throughout Prof Harding’s career he has shown how non-medical scientists can inform and enhance clinical practice.’

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Notes to editors: Prof Graham Harding has a first degree in Psychology from University College London and gained his doctorate in Birmingham on Electroencephalography and Psychiatry. In 1963 he began Clinical Neurophysiology at Aston University until his retirement from a full-time position at the University in 2002.

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