2011 Elected Fellows

2011 Elected Fellows

Honorary Fellows

Professor Duncan Dowson.
Emeritus Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds.

Duncan Dowson Professor Dowson is considered the father of the science of tribology (friction, wear and lubrication) in the UK, having revolutionised the approach to, and the understanding of, significant aspects of the subject. His seminal work has enhanced understanding and spawned new developments and designs in areas as diverse as rotating machinery, internal combustion engines and bio-tribology – particularly natural and artificial human joints.
His major research interests are elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication and bio-tribology. He has received major awards from international institutions. He was co-founder of the Leeds–Lyon Symposia on Tribology and has edited a number of leading journals.
Duncan Dowson was appointed Professor of Engineering Fluid Mechanics and Tribology in the University of Leeds in 1966. He served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of Mechanical Engineering at Leeds and is currently a member of Court.  
Honorary Degrees have been awarded by European and UK Universities. He received the international Tribology Trust Gold Medal (1979), in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field. He currently holds Visiting Academic positions in four UK Universities.

Corresponding Fellows

Professor Alastair Vincent Campbell.
Chen Su Lan Centennial Professor in Medical Ethics, National University of Singapore.

Alastair Campbell 

Alastair Campbell has specialised in medical ethics since the publication of his first book, Moral Dilemmas in Medicine (1972). He was the foundation Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics and is a Past President of the International Association of Bioethics. His latest publication, The Body in Bioethics (2009), focuses on uses and abuses of the human body, an interest he also pursued as Vice-Chair of the Retained Organs Commission and as Chair of the Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank. He has received the Henry Knowles Beecher Award in recognition of his international contribution to ethics in the life sciences.

Professor Jose Alberto Cuminato.
Professor of Numerical Analysis, University of Sao Paulo.

 Jose Cuminato

Professor Cuminato is a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University (2010–2011) and Treasurer for the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2010–2015). His expertise is in the numerical solution of integral equations and numerical simulation of free surface flows – also projection and fractional step methods in the simulation of incompressible flows and marker-and-cell methods for free surface flows.

Professor Christopher Arthur Hunter.
Professor of Pathobiology, University of Pennsylvania.

Christopher Hunter
Christopher Hunter has been working on various aspects of basic parasitology since 1984, and for the last 20 years there has been a focus on understanding how the immune response to Toxoplasma gondii is regulated to allow the development of protective immunity, as well as to limit T cell-mediated pathology. Thus, the
laboratory is focused on understanding the cytokines that limit inflammation during infection and also has a major interest in the use of multiphoton microscopy to image the innate and adaptive response to T. gondii in different tissues, including the brain and secondary lymphoid tissues.

Professor Norman George Lewis.
Regents' Professor, Washington State University.

Norman Lewis Professor Lewis’ research interests are in plant biochemistry, with particular emphasis on plant phenols (lignins, lignans allyl/propenyI phenols) and plant  cell walls, with over 200 refereed/invited papers. He has held various offices,  including Phytochemical Society of North America (President), American Society of Gravitational Biology (President), and American Society of Plant Biology.  Studies have involved space flight experiments (Space Shuttle and MIR). He serves on various editorial boards and advisory boards, with a main  responsibility as phytochemistry regional editor.  


Sir John Rex Beddington.
Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government, Government Office for Science.

Sir John Beddington Sir John’s main research interests are the application of biological and economic analysis to problems of natural resource management including, inter alia, fisheries, pest control, wildlife management, the control of disease, agriculture and water management. Since taking up his position as Government Chief Scientific Adviser, he has become particularly interested in global issues involving food, water and  energy security and the ways these issues interact with that of climate change.

Professor Jill Janette Freda Belch.
Professor of Vascular Medicine, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School.

Jill Belch Jill Belch graduated from the University of Glasgow (MBChB), completing her Research MD degree (Honours, Belahouston Gold Medal) in 1987. Appointed Professor of Vascular Medicine at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee (1995), she is currently Head of the Institute of Cardiovascular Research and the NHS Tayside/University of Dundee R&D Director. Her research interests include the inflammatory elements of vascular disease, in particular peripheral arterial disease, with over 300 publications. She has run an extensive programme of clinical trials (chair 16 international multicentre trials), leading to the development of the Tayside Clinical Trials Unit. She and her team have facilitated the introduction of good clinical practice (GCP), standards for clinical trials within Tayside, culminating in her appointment in 2010 as R&D Director.

Professor Nigel Leslie Brown.
Vice-Principal, University of Edinburgh.

Nigel Brown

Nigel Brown is a molecular microbiologist who has worked for several years on the mechanisms and genetic regulation of bacterial resistance to toxic metals, and on the mechanisms of transfer of these widespread resistances.  With colleagues he is developing biosensors based on these metal resistance determinants.  He has a strong and active interest in science policy, which was enhanced during his tenure as Director of Science and Technology at BBSRC and Chair of the RCUK Research and Development Group.  It is now applied as a University Vice-Principal and a member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council.

Professor Ian Gordon Bryden.
Professor of Renewable Energy, University of Edinburgh.

Ian Bryden Ian Bryden holds the Chair in Renewable Energy at the University of Edinburgh and, as Head of the Institute for Energy Systems, is responsible for the delivery of research into the generation and transmission of zero carbon electricity conducted within the School of Engineering. His personal research interests are associated with the generation of electricity from marine sources, primarily waves and tidal currents, especially in the relationships between the systems and the marine environment. He is a director of FlowWave TT Ltd and a non-executive Director of the European Marine Energy Centre.

Professor Neil John Bulleid.
SULSA Professor of Cell Biology, University of Glasgow.

Neil Bulleid Professor Neil Bulleid’s main research interest is how proteins mature within the endoplasmic reticulum of mammalian cells. In particular, he studies the processes of protein folding, disulphide bond formation and glycosylation. Protein folding requires a subset of proteins able either to catalyse folding reactions or to act as molecular chaperones preventing non-productive protein aggregation. The research has lead to the identification of novel pathways for disulphide formation and the characterisation of molecular systems for folding, quality control and degradation of proteins entering the secretory pathway.

Dr Javier Fernando Caceres.
Senior Scientist, MRC Human Genetics Unit.

Javier Caceres Dr Caceres is a Principal Investigator at the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh. He obtained his PhD at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. He carried out postdoctoral training with Adrian Krainer (Cold Spring Harbor). He joined the MRC HGU in 1997, where his laboratory has focused on different aspects of RNA  processing, including alternative splicing regulation, nonsense-mediated decay and microRNA biogenesis. He was elected as a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2008. In 2010, he was appointed Honorary Professor at the School of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, University of Edinburgh.‎

Professor Peter Eric Linstead Clarke.
Director, National e-Science Centre.

Peter Clarke Professor Clarke was a CERN Fellow when appointed a lecturer at Brunel (1987) then UCL (1993). He was Head of UCL’s Particle Physics Research Group (2001–04). Appointed Chair of eScience at Edinburgh in 2004, he became Director of the National eScience Centre (2006–09). Early research included the first direct measurements of CP violation in the Kaon system at CERN, and involvement in indirect searches  for the Higgs boson, at Stanford (USA) and at CERN. UCL research included  construction of the ATLAS experiment for the Large Hadron C­­ollider. His present area of research is the study of matter–anti-matter asymmetry and CP violation. A founder of the Centre of Excellence in Networked Systems at UCL, he has held key roles in several international grid computing infrastructure projects.

Professor Margaret Cusack.
Professor of Biomineralisation, University of Glasgow.

Peter Clarke Maggie Cusack’s central research focus is on biominerals such as shells, bones and corals. In biology, minerals tend to be composites of vast numbers of nanogranules, with associated organic components, that are assembled to form structures that are effectively single crystals. Living systems exert exquisite control on biomineral formation, producing functional structures that are light and strong. There is, therefore, a drive to mimic and improve on biology’s approach and this requires that the biological control of biomineralisation is understood. Marine biominerals contain a rich climate record that can be accessed via proxies. Such approaches also necessitate determination of biological and environmental influence on biomineral formation.

Professor Wenfei Fan.
Professor of Web Data Management, University of Edinburgh.

Wenfei Fan Wenfei Fan is  is a recipient of the Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award of ACM PODS 2010, the Best Paper Award for VLDB 2010, the Roger Needham Award in 2008, the Best Paper Award for IEEE ICDE 2007, the Outstanding Overseas Young Scholar Award in 2003, the Best Paper of the Year Award for Computer Networks in 2002, and the Career Award in 2001. His current research interests include database theory and systems, data quality, distributed computation, social networks, Web services and XML.

Professor Mark Andrew Girolami.
Professor of Statistics, University College London

Mark Girolami Mark Girolami holds the Chair of Statistics at University College London and is Director of the Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning. His research in statistical methodology spans probabilistic modelling, computational statistics and the introduction of the differential geometric foundations of Markov chain Monte Carlo methods within Bayesian statistics. His contributions to the life sciences range from cellular biology to neurobiology, where his statistical methods have enabled advances in the basic sciences. Some of his research has also translated to commercial technologies; most notably counterfeit currency recognition algorithms that are now deployed worldwide by National Cash Registers.

Professor Seth Garran Niels Grant.
Senior Scientist, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Seth Grant Seth Grant is a neuroscientist who has pioneered our understanding of the molecular basis of behaviour. Using genetics and proteomics, he has identified many genes and proteins that control nerve cell plasticity and learning. His research has revealed that synapses – the junctions between nerve cells – contain hundreds of proteins organised into molecular machines called complexes. These complexes control simple adaptive and learned behaviours and evolved from ancient unicellular organisms. His recent work shows these synaptic proteins are involved with over 100 brain diseases, including common neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric illness.

Mr Iain Gilmour Gray.
Chief Executive, Technology Strategy Board.

Iain Gray Iain Gray joined the Technology Strategy Board as Chief Executive in 2007, following its establishment as an executive non-departmental public body. Iain is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers; a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and in 2007 was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Medal. He is Chairman of the Business and Industry Panel of the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB), a Governor of the University of the West of England, a Board Member of SEMTA and a Board Member of the Energy Technologies Institute.

Professor Francis Stephen Halliwell.
Professor of Greek, University of St Andrews.

Stephen Halliwell Stephen Halliwell has taught in the universities of Oxford, London, Cambridge and Birmingham, and has held visiting professorships in Belgium, Canada, Italy and the USA. He has published extensively on ancient Greek literature, philosophy and culture, as well as on the influence of Greek thought in the later history of ideas. His last two books both won international prizes: Greek Laughter: a Study of Cultural Psychology from Homer to Early Christianity was awarded the Criticos Prize for 2008; The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems (2002) won the Premio Europeo d'Estetica in 2008 and was translated into Italian.

Dr Martin Anthony Hendry.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow.

Martin Hendry Dr Martin Hendry is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. His main research interests are in cosmology and gravitational astrophysics. He is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration: a group of more than 800 scientists worldwide engaged in the search for gravitational waves. He is highly active in science communication and public engagement, and currently holds a Science in Society Fellowship from the Science and Technology Facilities Council

Professor James Wilson Ironside.
Professor of Clinical Neuropathology, University of Edinburgh.

James Ironside Professor Ironside’s research focuses on the neuropathology of prion diseases; he is Director of Laboratories in the National CJD Surveillance Unit, University of Edinburgh, which identified the new variant form of CJD in 1996. Current research interests include mechanisms of neurodegeneration in prion diseases and other forms of  dementia, developing enhanced techniques for the detection of prions and the neuropathology of paediatric brain tumours. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2006 for Services to Medicine and Healthcare, and is currently Director of the MRC Network of UK Brain Banks and President of the British Neuropathological Society

Professor William Alexander Campbell McKelvey.
Chief Executive and Principal, Scottish Agricultural College.

Bill McKelvey Professor Bill McKelvey is Chief Executive & Principal of the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), Scotland’s newest Higher Education Institution. SAC conducts applied research on land use, the rural environment, animal health and welfare and primary food production. Students are taught on three campuses in Ayr, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and the organisation’s consultancy arm services more than 7,000 businesses in rural Scotland. Bill is a veterinarian with personal research interests in reproductive physiology, embryonic growth and the vertical transmission of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies

Professor Kenneth George McKendrick.
Professor of Physical Chemistry, Heriot-Watt University.

Kenneth McKendrick Professor McKendrick’s research interests are in the dynamics and kinetics of molecular collisions. The work is primarily fundamentally motivated and curiosity driven, but also has applications in atmospheric chemistry, combustion and trace-gas sensing. Currently, the main focus is on the transfer of energy between molecules in the gas phase, of relevance to combustion and aeronomy, and in the reactions that take place at the surfaces of liquids, motivated in part by the ageing of atmospheric aerosol particles. He is a former chairman of the ScotCHEM research-pooling initiative but, following
a recent sabbatical fellowship, is now enjoying a period of concentrated research

Mr Allan Johnstone Massie.

Allan Massie Allan Massie is an author and journalist, born in 1938 and educated at Glenalmond and Trinity College, Cambridge. He has written some 30 books, most of them novels. A Question of Loyalties won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award in 1989. As a journalist he has been The Scotsman's chief fiction reviewer since 1976 and a political columnist for The Sunday Times, The Scotsman, The Daily Telegraph and the Scottish Daily Mail. He currently writes a rugby column for The Scotsman and a literary one for The Spectator

Professor James Mitchell.
Head, School of Government & Public Policy, University of Strathclyde.

James Mitchell Professor Mitchell’s interests lie in political science, public policy and government. His main research interests are in territorial politics: the politics of devolution and multi-level government; public policy issues related to territorial politics; and the political sociology of territorial politics, including regionalism and nationalism......

Professor Vladimir Ivanovich Nikora.
Professor of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, University of Aberdeen.

Vladimir Nikora

Professor Nikora’s main research accomplishments relate to an improved understanding of environmental flows such as streams and rivers, and include novel concepts for river turbulence, erosion and transport of cohesive and non-cohesive sediments, and interactions between natural water flows and aquatic biota. Professor Nikora has also contributed to the advancement of measurement techniques and instruments for field and laboratory studies of flow turbulence, sediment dynamics and flow-biota interactions. A growing part of his current research focuses on the development of the hydrodynamics of aquatic ecosystems, as an interfacial branch of fluid mechanics, biomechanics and ecology.

Professor Hugh Gordon Nimmo.
Professor of Plant Biochemistry, University of Glasgow.

Hugh Nimmo Professor Nimmo’s scientific interests concern the mechanisms and roles of circadian clocks, particularly in plants. The Earth's rotation results in alternating periods of light and dark; these clocks have evolved to allow organisms to anticipate such regular changes rather than merely respond to them. Understanding how a timing device can be built out of genes and proteins is both intellectually fascinating and practically relevant in an era of climate change, because the circadian clock impacts on agronomically-important traits such as flowering and tuberisation. His non-scientific interests include sport and Scottish art.

Professor Nigel Osborne.
Reid Professor of Music, University of Edinburgh.

Nigel Osborne Professor Osborne’s works have been performed by major orchestras and opera houses around the world, and he is a winner of the Netherlands Gaudeamus Prize, the Opera Prize of Radio Suisse Romande and the Koussevitzky Award of the Library of Congress, Washington. He has pioneered methods for the use of creative arts to support children who are victims of conflict in the Balkans, Caucasus, Middle East, East Africa, South East Asia and Latin America – for which he has been awarded an MBE and the Freedom Prize of the Peace Institute, Sarajevo. His research is in new methodologies and technologies for creative arts medicine and special needs. He is Reid Professor of Music at Edinburgh University and was recently appointed ‘global cultural leader’ to the World Economic Forum

Professor Douglas John Paul.
Professor of Semiconductor Devices, University of Glasgow.

Douglas Paul

Professor Paul presently sits on the Home Office CBRN Scientific Advisory Committee and the Defence Scientific Advisory Council. He sits on the scientific and programme committees for five international conference series and is on the Editorial Board of the IoP’s Semiconductor Science and Technology journal. His research interests include nanofabrication, nanoelectronics, Si/SiGe heterostructures, CMOS, quantum cascade lasers, quantum devices, silicon photonics, terahertz
systems, inorganic molecular electronics and thermoelectrics. The work has applications in the fields of healthcare, security, ICT and energy..

Professor Duncan Henry Pritchard.
Professor of Epistemology, University of Edinburgh.

Duncan Pritchard Prior to taking up his current position, Professor Pritchard was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Stirling. His books include Epistemic Luck (OUP, 2005), What is this Thing Called Knowledge? (Routledge 2006), Knowledge (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), and The Nature and Value of Knowledge: Three Investigations (with A Millar & A Haddock, OUP, 2010). He is Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Bibliographies Online: Philosophy and the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism (with Diego Machuca). In 2007 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Dr Barbara Davies Rae.

Barbara Rae Dr Rae says, “To me relaxation is travel and cooking. Invariably I enter the kitchen to wind down after a day’s creativity in the studio, but going to remote places on the planet in search of inspiration is the greater compulsion. I look for historical incidence and evidence that might make fine subject matter, and that means quiet study, surveying the locality and meeting the people there; from those pursuits issue good memories, food and wine. Design, from clothes to domestic interiors, the science and application of colour, its constituent elements of proportion, volume and negative space, aided by a memory for detail, probably best describe my ‘expertise.’“

Professor Stephen Robert Reid.
Sixth Century Research Professor of Dynamic Structural Mechanics, University of Aberdeen.

Stephen Reid

Steve Reid’s research interests lie primarily in the area of impact mechanics, i.e. the design of safety-related structures and systems aimed at mitigating the effects of intense, dynamic loading, consequential on impact or blast. Examples include: structural concepts to improve the safety of vehicles; modelling the complex post-failure motion of high-pressure piping systems in nuclear power plants; and predicting the residual strength of impact-damaged, filament wound composite rocket launchers and pipes used in offshore applications. Generic problems associated with the dynamic elasto-plastic deformation of metal structures, the cracking and delamination of laminated fibre-reinforced polymer composites and the behaviour of novel materials (e.g. cellular materials) under high rate loading conditions have been a focus.

Professor Randolph Harvey Richards.
Director Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling.

Randolph Richards Interests focus on the diagnosis, control, pathogenesis and management of fish disease in aquaculture. Early work concentrated on the pathogenesis of novel disease conditions and their control through chemotherapy or vaccine development. Industry links have also improved management practices to avoid disease losses. Research on the molecular basis of host–pathogen interactions is supporting
heritable and vaccine-based resistance, particularly involving viral pathogens. Recently, support has been provided to government in the development of knowledge-based disease control policy and links with the international insurance industry are strong.

Professor Frank Sargent.
Professor of Bacterial Physiology, University of Dundee.

Frank Sargent Frank Sargent is a biologist whose research group studies how bacteria live and grow under different environmental conditions. In particular, they investigate how complex metal-containing enzymes are assembled and targeted to the cell surface; observe how proteins interact with each other along the way; and try to apply that new knowledge to the design of novel enzymes dedicated to biofuel production.

Professor Alexandra Martha Zoya Slawin.
Professor of Chemical Crystallography, University of St Andrews.

Alexandra Slawin Alexandra Slawin was born in Taunton, Somerset. She was educated at Imperial College and moved to St Andrews in 1999. Her research is primarily concerned with structure determination and its application to chemistry. Highlights include the development of a fully automated X-Ray diffractometer, structures of so-called ‘mechanostereochemical’ systems such as catenanes and rotaxanes, which illustrate the importance of ‘secondary’ interactions in determining conformation and macroscopic properties. She also has a significant interest in inorganic structure determination, including catalysts, coordination polymers, new polymetallates and enforced distortions in disubstituted naphthalenes.

Professor Julia Mary Howard Smith.
Edwards Professor of Medieval History, University of Glasgow.

Julia Smith

Julia Smith is Edwards Professor of Medieval History at the University of Glasgow and currently serves as Deputy Head of the College of Arts. She publishes on politics, gender, hagiography and saints’ cults in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, c300–1100.  Her publications include the Cambridge History of Christianity III: Early Medieval Christianities, 600–1100 (with Thomas F X Noble, 2008); Europe after Rome: A New Cultural History 500–1000 (2005); Gender in the Early Medieval World: East and West 300–900 (with Leslie Brubaker, 2004); Early Medieval Rome and the Christian West (2000); and Province and Empire: Brittany and the Carolingians (1992).

Professor Jonathan Robert Spencer.
Professor of the Anthropology of South Asia, University of Edinburgh.

Jonathan Spencer Jonathan Spencer is Professor of the Anthropology of South Asia at the University of Edinburgh. He has carried out fieldwork in Sri Lanka since the early 1980s, concentrating at first on rural change and local politics, but writing more recently on ethnic conflict, political violence and political non-violence. He has recently published a book on the anthropology of ‘the political’ in South Asia, Anthropology, Politics, and the State: Democracy and Violence in South Asia (2007) and is preparing a new book on the work of religious organisations in the Sri Lankan conflict.

Professor Francis Michael Sullivan.
NHS Tayside Professor of R&D in GP and Primary Care, University of Dundee

Frank Sullivan

 Professor Sullivan’s earlier research activities were within the field of chronic disease management in general practice. The main focus of his research is the application of health informatics to clinical decisions in primary care. In recent years he has begun to undertake increasing numbers of clinical trials in community settings. During seven years as Director of the primary care research networks in Tayside (TayRen) and Fife (EastRen), he  worked to increase the quality and quantity of primary care research undertaken in the community. He is currently the principal investigator on five research projects (and co-applicant on twelve) involving health informatics or clinical trials and he has published 151 journal articles.

Professor Andrew Neil Taylor.
Professor of Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh, Institute for Astronomy.

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Physics and Astronomy, based at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. He was awarded a BSc at Manchester and his PhD from Queen Mary College, London in 1992. Professor Taylor has interests in theoretical and observational cosmology and, in particular, in the nature of dark matter, dark energy, modifications of
Einstein gravity and the early universe and the study and interpretation of gravitational lensing, the cosmic microwave background and galaxy surveys. He is an Editor for Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Professor Paul Michael Thompson.
Professor of Zoology, University of Aberdeen.

Michael Thompson Paul Thompson is a Professor of Zoology at the University of Aberdeen, and Director of the University’s Lighthouse Field Station, where his group have developed long-term ecological studies of Scottish marine mammal and seabird populations. His research aims to improve our understanding of how environmental change influences the behaviour and dynamics of these populations. Current work focuses on developing these studies to support the management and mitigation of impacts resulting from offshore oil and renewable developments. He currently leads the Marine Predators Theme within the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology in Scotland (MASTS), and sits on the Marine Scotland Science Advisory Board.

Professor Arthur Stewart Trew.
Professor of Computational Science, University of Edinburgh.

Arthur Trew

 In 1986 Professor Trew joined the pioneering research group in computational science at Edinburgh. In 1990, he co-founded the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) as the University's focus for development of novel computational techniques and their transfer to business. EPCC has since grown to become a world-leading centre, with hundreds of clients from Scottish SMEs to multi-national blue-chips, and attracting a steady flow of researchers to Edinburgh. Today, applicability of his work is greater than ever and he is looking forward to exciting developments in the underpinning technology, the science enabled, and the ability to use these to transform businesses with novel products and more efficient processes.

Professor Brian Robert Walker.
Professor of Endocrinology, University of Edinburgh.

Brian Walker Brian Walker heads the 175-strong multidisciplinary Centre for Cardiovascular Science. His clinical practice is in adult endocrinology, and he is an active innovator in medical education and academic training. His research concerns the role of glucocorticoid (stress steroid) hormones in obesity and cardiovascular disease and spans from bench to bedside. His group conceived and has developed a new class of drugs targeting the enzyme 11-HSD1 to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Professor Neil Walker.
Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations, University of Edinburgh.

Neil Walker

Neil Walker’s main area of expertise is constitutional law and theory. He has published extensively on the constitutional dimension of legal order at sub-state, state, supranational and international levels, and also on the relationship between security, legal order and political community. In 2010 he was author of an independent report commissioned by the Scottish Government, Final Appellate Jurisdiction in the Scottish Legal System. In 2011, he was awarded an LLD (honoris causa) from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Professor Joanna Marguerite Wardlaw.
Professor of Applied Neuroimaging, University of Edinburgh.

Joanna Wardlaw Professor Wardlaw is interested in improving treatment and prevention of stroke and related conditions through using medical imaging methods to understand what causes different types of stroke, what happens in the brain during different types of stroke, and how this knowledge can be used to reduce damage from stroke. For many years she has been involved in testing treatments such as thrombolysis for stroke (now licensed); in determining the most cost-effective ways of using imaging to diagnose stroke; in improving imaging research facilities and training; and, most recently, in how damage to the very smallest blood vessels affects cognitive function and leads to dementia.

Professor James Robert Wright.
Professor of Mathematical Analysis, University of Edinburgh.

James Wright Professor Wright received a BA from the University of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. After spending a few years at the University of Sussex in the early 1990s as a research assistant, he took up a lectureship at the University of New South Wales in Australia in 1995. In 2000  he moved to the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer and, since 2005, has  been the Professor of Mathematical Analysis there. Professor Wright’s research interests lie in the field of harmonic analysis; more specifically in oscillatory integrals, hypersingular and maximal operators and in mapping properties of generalised and singular Radon transforms, and in 2003 he was awarded the RSE’s Makdougall Brisbane Prize for his work in this latter category

Professor Klaus Zuberbuhler.
Professor of Psychology, University of St Andrews.

Klaus Zuberbuhler Klaus Zuberbühler is a Professor of Psychology at the University of St Andrews. He is interested in the evolution of the human mind and its many expressions, particularly language. He conducts research on the behaviour and cognition of non-human primates, largely in their natural habitat. He is the Scientific Director of the Budongo Conservation Field Station, Uganda, and the Co-director of the Taï Monkey Project, Ivory Coast..


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