Medical Research Council to step down in 2010

November 28, 2009

From the Medical Research Council website,26 November 2009

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council (MRC), has been nominated by the University of Cambridge Council as Vice Chancellor for the next period of office. Subject to the approval of Regent House, the University's governing body, Sir Leszek will take over from Professor Alison Richard on 1 October 2010.

Sir Leszek has been Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council since October 2007 and has had a profound effect on its strategic direction and focus. Taking forward the recommendations of the Cooksey Review to develop translational research while ensuring the continued excellence of basic research, Sir Leszek has driven forward research from lab bench to patient bedside, building on the MRC’s reputation for supporting excellent science and a flourishing scientific community which delivers benefits to health, the economy and society.

Sir Leszek said:

“I have been proud to help the Medical Research Council build on its long and successful history of improving human health through the impact of its excellent research. Always at the international forefront, MRC research tackles the most difficult scientific and health challenges of today head on. I’ll be sad to leave but I know that the MRC will make the most of opportunities that lie ahead. Our new world class research centre (UKCMRI) is just one of the exciting projects that will help to maintain the UK’s international reputation for first class science. 

Medical research is also about partnerships and I’m sure the strong links with National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), industry and universities will help the MRC and the medical research community continue to thrive.”

Plans for the recruitment of a new Chief Executive will be put in place shortly, and Sir Leszek is committed to ensuring a smooth succession over the coming year. The new Chief Executive appointment is made by the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills.

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