Top professors join esteemed society

Another two leading academics from the University of Aberdeen have joined Scotland’s distinguished learned society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

Professor Neva Haites and Professor David St Clair have been elected as Fellows of the RSE – an honour that recognises experts within their fields.

The two join 48 new Fellows elected - following a rigorous selection process – to the RSE which provides expert policy advice to Government, outreach education programmes for young people and is involved in public engagement events.

Professor Haites was the University’s first female Vice-Principal and is one of Scotland’s leading scientists in human genetics, with a particular interest in inherited predispositions to cancer.

Head of the University’s College of Life Sciences and Medicine, Professor Haites said: “I am delighted and honoured to be elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.”

Professor St Clair, Chair in Applied Medicine at the University, and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist with NHS Grampian has been involved in a number of breakthrough studies that have furthered our knowledge of schizophrenia. He is currently visiting scientist at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland USA.

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, President of the RSE, added: I am delighted to be able to announce the election of 48 new Fellows of the RSE – each will I am sure be a credit to the Society and I look forward to welcoming them at the new Fellows’ induction day in early May.

“I hope and expect that our new intakes of Fellows will contribute actively to the work that the RSE undertakes in contributing to public policy development, engaging with the public and supporting research and innovation. These are key areas in promoting the core objectives of the Society – the advancement of learning and useful knowledge.”