Medical Expert Wins Royal Seal of Approval with Prestigious Post

One of the UK’s most esteemed academic roles has been bestowed on an expert in liver disease.

Professor John Iredale, Dean of Clinical Medicine and Director of the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, has been appointed to the Regius Chair of Medical Science at the University of Edinburgh.

The eminent academic has been awarded the honour by the Queen in recognition of his international reputation and outstanding contribution to medical research.

Professor Iredale has devoted his academic career to investigating the causes and treatment of organ scarring. He leads a research group looking at the liver and pancreas, and he also works as a Consultant Hepatologist and is a non-Executive Director of NHS Lothian.

The creation of a Regius Professorship falls under royal prerogative – each appointment is approved by the Monarch. The post was created by Queen Victoria.

Professor Iredale developed his research career through a number of Medical Research Council fellowships and has previously held the Chairs of Hepatology and Medicine at the University of Southampton and the Chair of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Professor Sir John Savill, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, said: “I am delighted that this prestigious honour has been bestowed on Professor Iredale. It brings great credit to the University and is a reflection of the high quality of medical research and teaching for which we are known throughout the world.”

Issued by the University of Edinburgh