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Dr. Tom Curran Named to Prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh

Tom Curran, PhD, FRS, Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Director of the Children’s Mercy Research Institute, has been elected to the esteemed Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy.

The 64 new fellows include leading thinkers and experts from around the world whose work has a significant impact on Scotland. They represent the full range of physical and life sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, education, professions, industry, business and public life.

Becoming a fellow of the RSE

Those who are nominated, and then invited to join, have undergone rigorous assessment of their achievements, professional standing and societal contribution.

All candidates for fellowship must be nominated by an existing fellow, and supported by an additional two fellows. Nominations then go through a five-stage selection process, to ensure that those elected are leading lights in their respective fields. The over-riding requirement for selection is excellence, measured against three criteria: outstanding achievement, professional standing and societal contribution. Only when all three are satisfied is a candidate endorsed as a fellow by The RSE.

The RSE, and by association its fellows, delivers its mission by:

  • Inspiring and supporting young talent through a wide-ranging program of research grants and awards
  • engaging the public across Scotland on key contemporary issues through its outreach program RSE@ and a wide-ranging program of public events
  • providing impartial advice and expertise to inform policy and practice through in-depth examination of major issues and providing expert comment on topical matters
  • promoting Scotland’s interests overseas through building relationships with sister academies across the world and facilitating research collaborations

Dr. Curran Leader in Translational Research

Dr. Curran received a BSc in Biological Sciences from Edinburgh University in 1978 and a PhD from University College London in 1982 for studies carried out at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK). Dr. Curran's research spans the fields of cancer, signal transduction, brain development and neurobiology. He developed a particular interest in translating scientific discoveries into medical advancements for children. His work contributed to a new cancer treatment that shows promise in pediatric brain tumors and was approved for advanced basal cell carcinoma.

Dr. Curran was named Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the Children’s Mercy Research Institute in 2016 and is responsible for defining the vision and guiding the growth of the Children’s Mercy Research Institute into a leading center for pediatric translational research.

Dr. Curran will be officially inducted into the Royal Society of Edinburgh at a special ceremony May 25.


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