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David Harrison

Director of Laboratory Medicine

NHS Lothian & University of St Andrews

Professor Harrison joined the University of St Andrews in May 2012 from the University of Edinburgh where he was Professor of Pathology from 1998.

In Edinburgh he is Director of Laboratory Medicine for NHS Lothian, overseeing more than 650 staff working in pathology, genetics, biochemistry and haematology.

Professor Harrison is also the Designated Individual for Tissue Governance in Lothian, ensuring that that human tissue is ethically processed and made available for translational research.

His clinical expertise is in medical liver, kidney and transplant pathology and he contributes to the diagnostic service of the Scottish National Liver Transplant Programme.

Professor Harrison’s research interests are varied but based upon understanding how cells and tissue respond to injury.  He works with chemists on hypoxia and mass spectrometry imaging.

He is Chair of Medical Research Scotland; Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency Committee on Toxicity; Chair of the Melville Trust Board; Audit Committee Member of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator; Chairman of the former Steering Group of EU funded Coordinating Action Systems Medicine; Member of the Funds Advisory Committee of the Edinburgh & Lothian Health Foundation and Board Member of the Scottish Life Sciences Association.

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