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Legacy Pledger Obituary: Professor Dame Ingrid Victoria Allen

Professor Dame Ingrid Victoria Allen, a distinguished medical graduate, Honorary Graduate, Professor Emerita and Honorary Professor of Neuropathology at Queen’s University Belfast, passed away aged 87 on 21 April 2020.

Painting of Dame Ingrid Allen
Dame Ingrid Allen

Born in Belfast on 30 July 1932, Ingrid attended Ashleigh House School and Cheltenham Ladies College before coming to Queen’s to study medicine. She enjoyed a distinguished career in medicine with an international reputation for her research in infectious and inflammatory conditions of the nervous system.

Dame Ingrid worked as a Consultant Neuropathologist and was the first Director of the Northern Ireland Regional Neuropathology Service based in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. Following her retirement, she continued to make significant contributions to research at her alma mater.

She received a CBE in 1993 and became a Dame (DBE) in the 2001 Birthday Honours, both for medical research, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Medical Science by Queen's in 2003.

In her will Dame Ingrid chose to support the hugely important and influential research work into neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis at Queen’s in memory of her late nephew.