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Prof Tim Aitman confirmed as RSE Fellow

February 2017: The Royal Society of Edinburgh welcomes CGEM director, Professor Tim Aitman, as a Fellow of Scotland’s National Academy.

CGEM Director and Professor of Molecular Pathology and Genetics, Tim Aitman, alongside Prince William and other distinguished individuals including University of Edinburgh research leader Professor Jane Norman, has been named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

“I am extremely grateful for the support and collegiality shown to me by my colleagues since arriving in Edinburgh in 2014. It is really gratifying to receive recognition from one's peers and colleagues in being nominated for and elected to such an important body as the Royal Society of Edinburgh”

Professor Tim AitmanCentre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine, University of Edinburgh

The RSE has announced 60 new Fellows from across a range of disciplines, from outstanding academics to celebrated professionals and royalty. Hailing from sectors that range from the arts, business, science and technology and academia, they join the current RSE Fellowship whose varied expertise supports the advancement of learning and useful knowledge in Scottish public life.

President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, commented:

“Each newly elected Fellow has been nominated on their exceptional and extensive achievements; it is a great honour to welcome such a range of outstanding individuals to the Fellowship. In joining the RSE Fellowship, they will strengthen the Society’s capacity to advance excellence across all areas of public life in Scotland and further afield.”

New Fellows are elected each year through a rigorous five -stage nomination process, with several of the new RSE Fellows, including Professor Aitman, involved in the highest calibre of scientific enquiry and policy making. Professor David Porteous (FRSE) who proposed Professor Aitman as a Fellow of the RSE said:

“Prof Aitman has deep expertise in clinical science, medical genomics, molecular pathology, quantitative genetics and disease modelling. He is an international ambassador for his discipline and has rapidly and emphatically adopted Scotland as his new academic base. He has quickly established himself as a collegiate leader and supportive partner in the collective mission to ensure that Scotland punches above its weight in medicine and the life sciences. Prof Aitman exemplifies the selection criteria for election to FRSE.”

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is a leading educational charity which operates independently to provide public benefit throughout Scotland. Established by Royal Charter in 1783 by key proponents of the Scottish Enlightenment, the RSE now has around 1,600 Fellows from a wide range of disciplines.

The breadth of the Fellowship enables the RSE to provide a wide range of leadership and expertise which enables the RSE to take part in a host of activities such as providing independent and expert advice to Government and Parliament, supporting aspiring entrepreneurs through mentorship, facilitating education programmes for young people and engaging the general public through educational events.

 

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