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National role for Southampton scientist

Published: 11 May 2012

Hugh Perry, Professor of Experimental Neuropathology at the Centre for Biological Sciences, has just taken up his role as one of four research board leaders on the Medical Research Council (MRC).

He chairs the Neuroscience and Mental Health Board, which allocates grants to researchers in universities and hospitals across the UK. Hugh also has a seat on the MRC Strategy Board, which decides the direction of future research.
"Playing a part in helping the MRC carry out its work through ‘joined-up ‘science is an honour and privilege for me," he says. "There is still tremendous need for research into the causes of brain diseases as their prevalence continues to rise and their social and economic cost will affect us all".

Despite spending around half his time with the MRC, Hugh will continue with his research and teaching duties at Southampton. He leads a team of biomedical scientists who are investigating the effects of inflammation on brain conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and prion disease. Hugh also believes it is important for senior academics to work with students at all levels from first year undergraduates to PhD candidates. Until recently, Hugh was Director of Research in Biological Sciences at Southampton and Deputy Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Scientists at the University of Southampton frequently work on MRC-funded projects.  The University hosts the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, led by Professor Cyrus Cooper.


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