Wed, 20 Jan 2010
Faculty of Health appointments will further strengthen highly regarded research institutes
The Faculty of Health, University of East Anglia, has made two key appointments which will further strengthen its highly respected and internationally recognised research institutes.
Professor Alastair Watson (pictured) will take up the post of Chair in Translational Medicine; joining the Faculty of Health from the University of Liverpool where he is Professor of Medicine, Head of the Division of Gastroenterology in the School of Clinical Sciences and Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist at Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Professor Watson’s main research interests are the regulation of apoptosis in intestinal epithelium and pathogenesis of colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.
Professor Watson has previously been awarded The Sir Francis Avery Jones British Society of Gastroenterology Research Medal and has served on the Council of the British Society of Gastroenterology. He is also a board member of GUT, the international peer-reviewed journal for health professionals and researchers in gastroenterology and hepatology. Professor Watson will take up his appointment in April 2010.
Dr John Saxton has been appointed Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Dr Saxton is currently Reader in the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University. He will join the Faculty’s Health and Social Sciences Research Institute and its School of Allied Health Professions. Dr Saxton’s research interests are in the effects of exercise in patients with vascular pathology, and in cancer survival. He has received funding from various sources including the British Heart Foundation, American Institute for Cancer Research, Cancer Research UK, Food Standards Agency and the MS Society and is the senior editor of a new book on exercise and cancer survivorship recently published by Springer. Dr Saxton will take up his appointment 1 March 2010.
Professor Ian Harvey, Dean of the Faculty of Health, said, “I am delighted that Alastair Watson and John Saxton are joining the Faculty. Alastair and John will bring enormous value in their respective fields as we further enhance our expertise in health research. The University of East Anglia plays a leading role in biomedical and health research. With our partners at the Norwich Research – the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, the Institute of Food Research, the John Innes Centre, the Genome Analysis Centre, we form a research cluster which is an acknowledged centre of excellence in Europe.”