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Andrew Morris appointed Scotland's chief scientist

Prof Andrew Morris
Image caption Prof Andrew Morris leads a medical research team at Dundee University

A Dundee University professor has been appointed as Scotland's new chief scientist.

Prof Andrew Morris, co-director of the university's Medical Research Institute, will succeed Prof Sir John Savill in the post.

A university spokesman said Prof Morris was "internationally renowned" for his research.

The chief scientist office is part of the Scottish government health and social care directorates.

Prof Sir Harry Burns, chief medical officer, said: "We are delighted to be able to appoint a researcher of Professor Morris's calibre to the post of chief scientist, where he will provide strategic leadership to the life sciences research community in Scotland.

"His particular area of expertise of health informatics is a growing area of interest both in Scotland and the wider UK and his appointment will further strengthen our position in this, and other clinical areas."

Prof Morris currently leads a research team at Dundee studying epidemiology and the genetics of diabetes. The academic said he was "honoured" to be appointed to the post.

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