The Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC) is Scotland’s highest level science advisory body, providing independent advice and recommendations on science strategy, policy and priorities to the Scottish Government.

A total of five new members are joining the panel from January 1, 2019 and will serve for three years, until December 31, 2021.

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak said: “I am delighted to be chosen as one of five new members of the Scottish Science Advisory Council. It is a great honour to be considered an expert in one’s field.

“Alongside my fellow appointed colleagues, I very much look forward to being part of the council and hope to help support the Chief Scientific Adviser to the best of my ability, providing expertise and judgement that is of value to the Scottish Government.”

Dr Cantley said: “I am delighted to be appointed to the SSAC. There are exciting times ahead in terms of the critical role that science, technology and innovation will continue to play in driving Scotland’s socio-economic growth and prosperity.

“I very much look forward to working with fellow colleagues as part of the Council in advising and supporting the Chief Scientific Adviser and Scottish Government in this capacity.”

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak is Regius Professor of Medicine, vice principal and head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow, as well as an honorary consultant physician and a non-executive member of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board.

She is one of the world’s leading cardiovascular scientists and clinical academics, awarded a DBE for services to cardiovascular and medical science in 2016.

Her research interests include hypertension, cardiovascular genomics and precision medicine, where she is an active champion of the triple helix approach of public, private and academic collaboration.

She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the European Society of Cardiology and the Society of Biology.

Professor Dominiczak has served extensively on national and international research committees and advisory boards, including those of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Wellcome Trust.

She is chair of the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Translational Research Group, a member of the MRC’s Strategy Board, a member of the Medical Schools Council Executive and chair of the Equality and Diversity Working Group of the Medical, Dental and Veterinary Schools Councils. She is also a trustee of the British Heart Foundation.

Dr Cantley’s career spans both industry and academia, and has focused on engineering, technology-based business and research.

In addition to executive directorship of SRPe – the pan-Scotland engineering research partnership of ten universities based at the University of Strathclyde – Dr Cantley has provided technical consultancy advice and services to energy clients around the globe.

She has also held senior leadership roles across business strategy, industry-based research and development and in ground-breaking collaborative multi-national projects such as the University of Glasgow Institute for Gravitational Research programme developing the LIGO detector network in the US. 



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