A renowned diabetes expert has been appointed Chief Scientist for Scotland. Professor Andrew Morris, who works at Dundee University and is co-director of the medical research institute at the university, is due to take up the position in March.
Professor Morris will advise government ministers and officials on issues concerning science and how research can contribute to improvements in healthcare, as well as work to enhance Scotland’s reputation in science. He will carry out his duties for two days each week as part of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates, which promotes research targeted at improving services provided by NHS Scotland, as well as long-term improvements to public health.
Professor Morris has led a range of clinical studies on diabetes, and also published more than 200 research papers, and has been convener of the Scottish academic health science collaboration for the last couple of years.
He said “There are great opportunities to translate our outstanding NHS and university research capabilities into improved patient care and economic growth across Scotland.”
John Connell, vice principal of Dundee University, also commented “This is a very important position that reflects the high regard in which Andrew is held in Scotland and I am sure that he will carry out his duties with distinction.”

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