External Scientific Advisory Board

The External Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) is tasked with advising the Director of our NIHR Biomedical Research Centre on the scientific strategy of the centre and its implementation. Members include eminent national and international researchers in the field of translational medicine.

Dr Diana Dunstan OBE (ESAB chair) – Retired Head of Research Management Group, Medical Research Council

Professor David Adams – Head of the School of Immunity and Infection, University of Birmingham and Director of NIHR BRU in Liver Disease and Centre for Liver Research

Professor Dame Carol Black – Department of Health’s Expert Advisor on Health and Work; past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation; Professor of Rheumatalogy at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Veronica van Heyningen CBE – Retired Head of Medical Genetics at the MRC Genetics Unit; Hon Professor of UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and University of Edinburgh

Professor John Isaacs – Institute Director of Wilson Horne Immunotherapy Centre at Newcastle University

Professor David Jones – Dean of Translational Medicine at Newscastle University; NIHR National Lead for academic training and chair of the NIHR trainees forum

Professor Sir Alex Markham – Professor of Medicine at the University of Leeds; Director of Molecular Medicine Institute at St James’ University Hospital; chair of OSCHR Translational Medicine Board and former Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK

Professor Andrew Morris – Director of the Biomedical Research Institute at University of Dundee; Scottish Informatics Programme and Scotland’s Chief Scientist

Professor Sir Michael Rawlins – Chairman of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) until April 2013

Professor Laurence Turka – Director of Transplantation Biology Research Center at Harvard University; Professor of Surgery; and Deputy Director of Immune Tolerance Network Biomarkers and Discovery Research