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06 April 2009
A new Dean to oversee all of the University’s medical teaching and research activities has been appointed.
Professor Paul Morgan, who took up his new post on the 1st April, is a specialist in Clinical Biochemistry and former Head of the University’s Department of Medical Biochemistry and Immunology, and the University’s current Dean of Medical Research.
Professor Morgan said: "I am delighted I’ve been given the opportunity to influence and lead the School that I’ve trained and researched in for most of my adult life
"It is an extremely exciting, though somewhat challenging, time to be taking the helm at the School. We have major investment from the University and the Welsh Assembly Government to fund a new lecture theatre complex and the MEDEC building which will allow the University to develop a 21st Century Medical School and compete as one of the UK’s leading centres of medical training.
"We also have world-leading and internationally renowned medical research capacity and a firm commitment to the wider engagement responsibilities that enable the School to influence public perception of health and disease. Crucially, the School has a close working relationship with NHS Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government."
Llanelli-born, Professor Morgan graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1980. During his early medical training in Cardiff, he specialised in Clinical Biochemistry obtaining his PhD in 1984.
Following two years in the US developing his research skills, Professor Morgan returned to Cardiff University to take up a lectureship in Clinical Biochemistry and won the prestigious Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellowship in 1987, and remained a Fellow for 15 years.
In 2001, he was appointed Cardiff University’s Head of Medical Biochemistry and Immunology and in 2007 became the Dean of Medical Research responsible for the School’s Medical Research strategy. Professor Morgan is a research specialist in Clinical Immunology and has helped create an internationally respected research group, specialising in Complement Biology. He has published over 300 research papers and reviews and remains research-active in the role of complement in a variety of inflammatory diseases.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant said: "Professor Morgan joins the School of Medicine as Dean at an extremely exciting and challenging time. His time as Dean of Medical Research has already seen the School of Medicine increase its international reputation.
"I wish Professor Morgan well in his new and challenging role and I look forward to working with him to enhance the reputation of the School, both nationally and internationally, as a leading centre for medical training and research excellence."
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