NHS Lothian makes key research appointment

Professor David Newby, an eminent consultant in cardiology and researcher, has taken the role of NHS Lothian’s director of research and development following the retiral of the previous office-holder, Professor Heather Cubie.

Dr Charles Swainson, Medical Director, NHS Lothian, said:

“Professor Cubie made a tremendous contribution to medical research and set the bar high. In Professor David Newby, we have appointed someone with proven research credentials and are sure he will continue to ensure medical research has a high priority. Many of our clinicians are active in research, and we are grateful to our patients for helping us develop tomorrow’s medicine today.”




Professor Newby said
“I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to maintain NHS Lothian’s pre-eminent reputation in clinical research. I look forward to working with patients, clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals in developing clinical research excellence in Lothian and across Scotland.”


Promoting medical research is one of NHS Lothian’s key priorities, and it has a range of partnerships with universities, charities and other organisations carrying out clinical research.
NHS Lothian has well-established ties in particular with the University of Edinburgh. Both organisations are part of the Bioquarter Development, a science and research “cluster” to the south of NHS Lothian’s Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.