A leading Aberdeen pathology professor has received a prestigious Royal honour.
Professor Graeme Murray has been appointed to the post of Regius Chair of Pathology. It was founded in 1882 and is the only Regius Chair of Pathology in the UK.
Regius chairs are prestigious positions instituted in disciplines judged to be fundamental and for which there is a continuing and significant need.
King James IV founded the first Regius Professorship at the University of Aberdeen in 1497 in the field of medicine.
Appointment to the role is recommended by the Scottish Government and approved by Her Majesty The Queen.
Pathology is the study of the causes of disease and how disease develops and progresses.
Professor Murray who is a medical graduate of the University of Aberdeen has a 35-year career with the University of Aberdeen and has held a personal chair in Pathology for 17 years. He leads a research team investigating bowel cancer to understand how this common type of cancer develops and progresses.
Professor Murray was invited to deliver this year’s Doniach Lecture of the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland which is one of the leading academic pathology organisations. The Doniach lecture is the highest award of The Pathological Society and is given in recognition of a distinguished lifetime contribution to the science of Pathology. He is the first Aberdeen pathologist to receive this award.
He has been a Consultant Pathologist to NHS Grampian for 25 years and leads the diagnostic gastro-intestinal pathology service.
Professor Murray said: “It is a great honour and a privilege to be appointed to this prestigious post.”