Lecturers secure two Scottish Senior Clinical Fellowships

Issued: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 10:16:00 BST

Two of the University of Glasgow’s top clinical senior lecturers have been awarded prestigious fellowship funding from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

Dr Colin Berry and Dr Mhairi Copland, clinical senior lecturers in cardiovascular and cancer medicine respectively, secured two of four prestigious fellowships which will provide funding for the next four years.

The scheme is aimed at retaining the talents of skilled clinical staff within universities and maintaining Scotland’s position as a world-leader in medical research.

Dr Copland, who came to Glasgow in 1999 to specialise in haematology, specifically leukaemia and bone marrow transplantation, has been working at the University since October 2003 specialising in leukaemia and cancer stem cell research. She said: “I’m very pleased to have received this fellowship as it means I can continue my research at one of the UK and the world’s best medical schools and universities.”

Dr Berry, a cardiovascular specialist with a particular interest in heart attacks, has returned from the United States where he was working at the National Institutes of Health in Washington DC. He completed PhD studies at the University of Glasgow in 2002 and following accreditation in Cardiology and Internal Medicine in 2007, secured a University of Glasgow Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Fellowship in support of heart attack research.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have secured the competitive Scottish Senior Clinical Fellowship. This milestone represents a national recognition of our heart research at the University of Glasgow.

“The personal Fellowship will enable us to deliver a programme of heart attack research with heart scans using magnetic resonance imaging at both the British Heart Foundation Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre (BHF GCRC) at the University and with patients at the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank.”

Prof David Barlow, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, said: “These senior lectureships are hugely deserved and reflect the quality of research that is being conducted at the University by leading scientists.”

The Scottish Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme is an initiative jointly-funded by £4.5m from the SFC and £4.5m from Scotland’s five medical schools.

For more information contact Stuart Forsyth in the University of Glasgow Media Relations Office on 0141 330 4831 or email s.forsyth@admin.gla.ac.uk

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