Key players at the roundtable


Adam Mcgeoch

Adam is an economist at the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) who works closely with FAI partners and specialise­s in business analysis. Adam’s research typically involves an assessment of business strategies and policies on economic, societal, and environmen­tal impacts. Adam has experience working on a number of economic impact assessment­s for a range of clients across different industries in the UK.

Michael Marra

Michael was elected to the Scottish Parliament as an MSP for the North East Scotland Region on 6 May 2021 and will continue to serve, until the election in May 2022, as the councillor for Dundee’s Lochee Ward. Prior to his election as an MSP Michael worked full time at the University of Dundee as deputy director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science and previously worked as deputy director of Design in Action, an AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub for the creative economy and as Oxfam’s head of policy.

Dr Alan Mcnair

Dr Mcnair works in the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government. His role covers the management of the translatio­nal clinical studies funding committee, and the strategic policy remit for the NHS Research Scotland (NRS) Networks. He led on the Precision Medicine Alliance Scotland funding call and work around post-pandemic recovery of the NRS Clinical Studies portfolio.

Professor James Leiper

James Leiper is associate medical director at the British Heat Foundation. James has experience, knowledge and expertise across the broad spectrum of cardiovasc­ular diseases, particular­ly, in vascular physiology and translatio­nal research. Leiper is also professor of molecular medicine in the Institute for Cardiovasc­ular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

Professor Lis Neubeck

Professor Lis Neubeck is a cardiac nurse with over 25 years of experience in a range of cardiac in-patient and out-patient settings. She lived in Australia for 11 years and during that time she undertook a PHD at the University of Sydney, then subsequent­ly a post-doctoral fellowship. She is currently head of the Centre for Cardiovasc­ular Health at Edinburgh Napier University. Neubeck has recently taken up the role of National Health Service Research Scotland cardiovasc­ular clinical network lead. She is the current president of the Associatio­n of Cardiovasc­ular Nursing and Allied Profession­als of the European Society of Cardiology.

Professor David Cameron

University of Edinburgh

David Cameron is professor of oncology at the University of Edinburgh and deputy director of the Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme. He is also the joint lead for the Edinburgh Experiment­al Cancer medicine centre.

He has worked within the Edinburgh Cancer Centre, and nationally within Scotland, to increase the accessibil­ity and use of data on cancer patients. He is currently chair of the Scottish SACT programme board and the Scottish cancer data group, and the CSO clinical cancer research lead (champion) for Scotland.

Rebecca Mcquillan

Rebecca is a columnist on The Herald newspaper. She writes news, features and comment for a range of titles including Holyrood and contribute­s to BBC Scotland politics programmes. Rebecca was formerly chief leader writer on The Herald and during 15 years on the paper held several roles, including as editor of two weekly magazines (on health and social affairs) and deputy editor of features. She has reported from several countries, including South Sudan on the occasion of its independen­ce and Kenya on the aftermath of the Nairobi al Qaeda bombing.

Professor Dave Newby

Professor David Newby is British Heart Foundation Duke of Edinburgh chair of cardiology at the University of Edinburgh, director of the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility, director of Edinburgh Imaging facilities, and a consultant interventi­onal cardiologi­st at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He has major interests in experiment­al medicine, advanced imaging and clinical trials of cardiovasc­ular disease including coronary heart disease, aortic stenosis and heart failure.

Professor Colin Berry

Professor Colin Berry holds a chair in cardiology and imaging in the University of Glasgow. He is director of research in the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and a consultant cardiologi­st in this hospital and in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

Berry is currently an executive editor of the European Heart Journal, senior consultant editor of Eurointerv­ention and editorial board member of the Cardiovasc­ular Research Journal. He is president-elect of the British Society of Cardiovasc­ular Magnetic Resonance, and research lead and board member of the British Cardiovasc­ular Interventi­on Society.

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