Wednesday 4 January 2017

Parkinson’s expert named new Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Newcastle University

Professor David Burn has been appointed as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences from 1st February 2017.

Professor Burn is currently the Director of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Unit in Lewy Body Dementia, as well as the Newcastle University Institute for Neuroscience, and has helped to build the University’s world-renowned reputation in neuroscience and ageing research.

Professor Burn, Parkinson’s expert, was involved in the development of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Building on the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, and devised the name, layout and vision for the nationally-acclaimed CRESTA services.

He is an NIHR Senior Investigator and is also National Clinical Director for Parkinson’s UK and an Officer of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, having previously chaired their Congress Scientific Programme Committee.

Professor Burn is Honorary Consultant Neurologist at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, running the hospital Trust’s Movement Disorders service, providing a wide-scale service to patients living in the North East.

Commenting on the announcement of his new role, Professor Burn said: “It will be an enormous privilege for me to be the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and to build upon our successes of the past nine years under Chris Day’s leadership.

“I was born and bred in the area, and I am passionate about wanting to make a difference to the people of the North East and to make our mark on the world stage.  Through our excellent research and teaching I am certain that we can do this.

“I look forward to working with everyone in the Faculty to realise our huge potential.”

Professor Burn, who has published more than 240 articles in peer reviewed journals, will take up his new job on February 1 next year.

Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor elect, said: “I am delighted that, subject to Senate approval, the University has appointed David Burn as the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

“David is passionate about the Faculty across all of its domains of research, teaching, learning and engagement. He presented the Selection Panel with some excellent and innovative ideas for how the Faculty can go from strength-to-strength in the coming years.”