The Future of Medical Research

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MRC Head to give lecture at University of Leicester on Wednesday 12 October
The Future of Medical Research

Professor Sir John Savill, Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the Medical Research Council (MRC).

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 5 October 2011

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The man responsible for a £800M government health research budget is to give one of the University of Leicester’s most prestigious public lectures.

The Frank May Clinical Sciences Lecture will be given this year by Professor Sir John Savill, Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the Medical Research Council (MRC), on Wednesday 12 October 2011.

Sir John’s lecture is entitled "The Future of Medical Research" and will take place in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building, University of Leicester at 5.30pm. The lecture is already fully booked.

The MRC’s role is to improve human health through world-class medical research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental lab-based science to clinical trials, and in all major disease areas.

It makes substantial contributions to the research of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Leicester.

Professor Sir John Savill BA, MBChB, PhD, FRCP, FRCPE, FASN, FMedSci, FRSE, a clinician scientist from Edinburgh, took up the position as chief executive and deputy chair of the Medical Research Council (MRC) on 1 October 2010. The appointment is for three years. He was a member of the MRC Council from 2002 to 2008 and chaired two MRC Research Boards during this period.

Between 2008 and 2010 John worked part-time as the chief scientist for the Scottish Government Health Directorates. He was knighted in the 2008 New Year’s Honours List for services to clinical science.

John started his research career with a degree in Physiological Sciences from Oxford University in 1978, followed by degrees in Medicine at the University of Sheffield in 1981. He received a PhD from the University of London in 1989.

After junior hospital appointments in Sheffield, Nottingham and London, he spent seven years in the Department of Medicine at Hammersmith Hospital with spells as an MRC clinical training fellow and Wellcome Trust senior clinical research fellow.

In 1993, he moved to the chair of Medicine, at the University of Nottingham, then in 1998 became professor of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where he was the first director of the University of Edinburgh/MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, directing a group interested in the molecular cell biology of renal inflammation.

In 2002, John was appointed as the first vice-principal and head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh. He retains an ongoing, research active involvement with the University of Edinburgh part-time throughout his appointment as MRC chief executive.

Dr Frank May, who is a Distinguished Honorary Fellow of the University of Leicester, inaugurated the biennial Clinical Sciences Lectures.   He has had a distinguished career as a local businessman and has engaged in a lifetime of public service. Over many years he has given a great deal of support to the University of Leicester and in particular to the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology.

Notes to Editors: Further details are available from Danni Benyon-Payne on 0116 252 2962 or  

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