Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences
Professor Ian Weeks is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences.
Professor Weeks plays a key role in setting the strategy and direction of the College and in promoting the development of learning and teaching, research excellence and innovation. As Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Weeks is also a member of the University Executive Board.
The College consists of seven Schools:
- Healthcare Sciences
- Optometry and Vision Sciences
- Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Professor Weeks is an alumnus of Cardiff University and has previously served as Head of the School of Medicine and Dean of Clinical Innovation in the College. He has undertaken research, development and manufacturing of novel biochemical diagnostic tests for human disease for over thirty years in academic, NHS and commercial environments.
Professor Weeks has authored numerous publications, books and patents. Technologies of which he is an inventor have been licensed and used by global companies as the basis of in vitro clinical diagnostic tests, many hundreds of millions of which are used annually worldwide. He has founded spin out companies and research undertaken by Ian and colleagues earned a Queen's Anniversary Prize for the Medical School in 1998 and was also cited by Universities UK in 2006 as one of the top 100 life-changing discoveries of the past 50 years. The same technology formed the basis of tests for viral pathogens such as HIV, HCV and HBV in blood donor units resulting in the award of the US Medal of Technology in 2004 and is also used in the diagnosis of cancer, infectious diseases and in diagnostic clinical biochemistry laboratories globally.
In addition to his University duties in supporting the development of teaching and research excellence, his particular interests are in furthering the University’s Clinical Innovation agenda and, together with colleagues in the healthcare professions and industry, developing initiatives to deliver patient, health economic and socioeconomic benefit for Wales and more widely.
Professor Weeks is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal College of Pathologists and the Learned Society of Wales. He was awarded a Senior Doctorate (DSc) by Cardiff University in 2009 and an OBE in 2020 for services to knowledge transfer and medical innovation.
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