Professor. Colin Green

Professor Colin Green (CG): PhD; DSc(Med); FRCVS; FRCPath; FRCS(Hon); Emeritus Professor of Surgery UCL; Emeritus UNESCO Chair in Cryobiology and Academician, National Ukrainian Academy of Sciences


Following service as a junior officer in the Royal Navy from 1952-1956, CG studied veterinary medicine in the University of London 1958-1963 and after qualifying worked in agriculture until 1969.  He then joined the Medical Research Council (MRC) as a full time scientist and worked at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill until 1972 when he moved to the newly opened MRC Clinical Research Centre (CRC) at Northwick Park. From 1969 onward he worked on transplantation immunology and storage of organs culminating in a PhD awarded in the Faculty of Medicine, University of London in 1975.  In 1977, he was one of the pioneers in developing cyclosporine A as a revolutionary new drug to prevent rejection of transplanted organs.  In 1979 he was promoted Head of Surgical Research in the CRC, and this followed with academic awards including a DSc(Med) in the Faculty of Medicine, University of London (1991),  Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists, and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Honorary) both also in 1991.


In 1988 CG helped set up the Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust (RAFT) charity and was co-Director of its Institute for Plastic Surgery Research in Mount Vernon Hospital.  He then became Director of Research of the Blond McIndoe Centre for Surgical Research, East Grinstead in 1991 and remained in post until 1999.  In 1994 he founded the Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research (NPIMR) and remained Director until September 2008. In UCL he was made full Professor of Surgical Science in 1996 and was made the UNESCO Chair in Cryobiology and Academician in the Ukraine National Academy of Sciences in 1998.


Since 1995 his main research interests have been in surgical reconstruction, tissue regeneration, stem cells seeded into decellularised  tissues, novel burns treatments and organ transplantation. Most notably he has helped pioneer the development of carbon monoxide releasing molecules (CORMS) as potential therapeutic agents for inflammation, ischaemia-reperfusion damage and bacterial infections, in particular their possible role in coronary artery disease and strokes.  CG is an author in over 500 publications.


CG also has a strong interest in global healthcare and education particularly as they impact on conflict resolution and human rights.  In the year 2000 he set up the UK-based charity International Medical Education Trust 2000 (IMET 2000) and was CEO from 2000 until September 2012.  This now has educational and humanitarian projects running in Ukraine, the Middle East and Africa.  He has developed strong e-learning and telemedicine links for all healthcare professionals throughout this international network.  In 1994 he helped establish the Palestinian Faculty of Medicine in Al Quds University and has been a Visiting Professor ever since as well as starting a UK-based charity (Foundation for Al Quds Medical School or FQMS) in 1996 to provide funding for the School. In 2004 he was awarded the Millennium Medal by President Yasser Arafat for ‘services to Palestine’. He helped  IMET2000 open a Palestinian Centre for Health Sciences Education in Ramallah in 2008, to provide e-learning, telemedicine and conference opportunities for all healthcare professionals in the Occupied Territories.  He is active with Israeli humanitarian groups including Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolition (Patron ICAHD-UK) and Israeli groups concerned about torture of detainees. CG now concentrates all his work on IMET2000 as Treasurer and his main focus is healthcare in Palestine.