Futures Institute appoints interim director
Professor Kev Dhaliwal has been appointed Interim Director of Edinburgh Futures Institute. Dhaliwal is Professor of Molecular Imaging and Healthcare Technology at the Institute for Regeneration and Repair, Edinburgh BioQuarter and an NHS Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine. He is the Co-director of Baillie Gifford Pandemic Science Hub. His interests are around interdisciplinarity and start-ups, and he is a member of the CodeBase board.
Collaborating widely with industry, he is an advocate of the need to work across scientific disciplines to innovate. He directs the Translational Healthcare Technologies Group with a focus on co-creating new technologies, early phase experimental medicine and team science.
Professor Dhaliwal already has excellent connections with the Futures Institute, in thematic work areas and programmes and with people and networks. In addition, he has a personal connection to the new EFI building – as a medic who trained in the building when it was still a hospital.
Professor Dhaliwal said: ‘I am very excited and humbled to be joining an amazing and incredible team at the Futures Institute. I am committed to working across multiple disciplines and EFI is a truly exciting space to do this, with a culture of placing people first, and ensuring the values of friendship, respect and support at the heart of all interactions with collaborators and partners. I am also coming back home to the beautiful Old Royal Infirmary, which has been transformed into a magical environment to learn, be creative and is open to all.’
The EFI is one of six hubs created through the City Region Deal investment in data-driven innovation at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.
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