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A Professor of Medical Law at De Montfort University (DMU) has died after a shortillness.

Professor David Price, 57, who started his career at the university in 1977 as a lecturerin law, was an acknowledged expert on the legal and ethical aspects of organdonation.

DMU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Business and Law, Professor David Wilson,said: “David worked here at DMU for more than 34 years.

“He was one of the kindest and most collegiate colleagues I have ever known and he was a researcher of real distinction.

“David won the respect and affection of everyone who came into contact with him and weare all going to miss him far more than words can ever express.”

Professor Price wrote extensively on the law and ethics relating to transplantation andthe use of human tissue and was a member of the Government’s Organ Donation Taskforce, which investigated the potential impact of an opt-out system fororgan donation in the UK in 2008.

In 2010, he joined the Nuffield Council on Bioethics working party, examining theissues around the donation of organs and other bodily material.

Professor Price was the only legal representative on the working party that published itsreport, Human Bodies: donation formedicine and research, in October 2011.

He was a member of the Leicestershire Clinical Ethics Committee, the associate editor of the International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA).

He was also a member of the editorial board of the Medical Law Review, the primary journal of its kind in the UK.

“His time here at DMU benefited many hundreds of students, both undergraduate and postgraduate,” said Professor Wilson.

“They, like us all, owe him a huge amount, not only for his wonderful academic knowledge but also for his care and concern for everyone with whom he came intocontact. David’s all-too-short life conferred so much upon all of us and we will all greatly miss his presence amongst us.”

David Price leaves a wife, Arlene, two children, Alex and Ben, and fourgrandchildren.

Friends and colleagues are invited to attend his funeral at St Catharine’s Parish Church, Houghton on the Hill, on Tuesday (17
th) at 11am.

Posted on Friday 13th January 2012

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