5th June 2003




A new Institute of Medical Sciences will open at the University of Lincoln from 1st August 2003.


The institute will be the Lincolnshire centre for hospital, laboratory and community-based medical, biomedical and clinical research of national and international excellence.


It will also be a major centre for high-quality postgraduate and continuing medical education for doctors working in the East Midland region – as well as biomedical sciences at undergraduate level.


The institute will be headed by Professor Hassan Hassan as the Director with the status of a Postgraduate Medical Dean, reporting to the university Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), Professor Mike Saks.


Professor Hassan, who has a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, is shortly to be installed as a member of the Medical Research Council National Advisory Board.


Medical and biomedical academics, researchers and technicians will also staff the institute.


The Institute of Medical Sciences has grown out of the Institute for Health in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln. This will be renamed the Department of Health and Professional Studies from 1 August 2003.


This department will be responsible for courses ranging from health studies, health informatics and complementary therapies to community care, nursing practice and trauma and disaster management.


“The formation of the Institute of Medical Sciences, in association with partners inside and outside the NHS, is a major development at the University of Lincoln,” said Professor Saks.


“It will help to raise the profile of medical and biomedical research and education at the university both now and in the future.”




For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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