19th February 2003




A University of Lincoln academic has joined an elite ‘club’ by being appointed as a member of the Medical Research Council’s National Advisory Board.


Professor Hassan Hassan, who is Director of the Lincolnshire Institute for Health based at the University of Lincoln, will join 400 UK academics and clinicians chosen for their scientific and medical expertise.


Members of the board provide advice, guidance and assessment to the Medical Research Council on key aspects of the council’s work.


Professor Hassan and other newly selected members will be inaugurated onto the board at a special ceremony in London on 17th June 2003.


Also attending will be Professor Sir George Radda, Chief Executive of the MRC, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, the government’s Chief Medical Officer, and Sir Robert May, the government’s Chief Scientific Advisor.


“The appointment came as a big surprise to me because this is a highly prestigious club and very difficult to get into,” said Professor Hassan.


“The MRC is the top research council in the country and until now the vast majority of the National Advisory Board’s members have been taken from medical schools – very few have come from new universities like Lincoln.”


Prof Hassan obtained his PhD at Cambridge and has taught at the Universities of Hanover, Hamburg and Wolverhampton.


He took up his post as the Director of the Lincolnshire Institute for Health in April 2001.


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