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University of Otago oncologist Bridget Robinson has been promoted to the newly-established position of Mackenzie Chair in Cancer Medicine at the Christchurch campus.
Prof Robinson has been a medical oncologist in Canterbury since 1986 and joined the university in 1997.
She will continue to treat patients for half her time, but will now spend more time on research and teaching medical students and other health professionals about cancer.
The new role was an opportunity to raise the profile of cancer management and research in Christchurch, she said.
"We have an ageing population and will have an increasing number of people with cancer, so will need to look at innovative ways of delivering cancer care in our community.
The position has been financially supported by the Ashburton-based Mackenzie Charitable Foundation.