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Prof Alastair Campbell elected Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

29 March 2011

HONOURED: Prof Alastair Campbell is appointed Corresponding Fellow by the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Chen Su Lan Centennial Professor in Medical Ethics Prof Alastair Campbell, Director of the NUS Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE) at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, was appointed Corresponding Fellow by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's national academy of science and letters. The CBmE is Southeast Asia's first academic centre for biomedical ethics in a medical school.

On his new appointment, Prof Campbell said, "While this is a personal honour, it is also a great tribute to the National University Health System and its commitment to an internationally renowned Centre for Biomedical Ethics, so ably promoted by the NUS Dean of Medicine Prof John Wong and by the funders of my Chair, the Chen Su Lan Trust."

Prof Campbell, together with 44 newly-elected Fellows, are encouraged to contribute to the aims and objectives of the Society. These include the provision of expert policy advice to Government and Parliament, outreach education programmes for young people, public engagement events as well as working on the selection panels for research and enterprise Fellowships. The formal induction of the new Fellows will be held in May.

Established in 1783 by Royal Charter for the advancement of learning and useful knowledge, the Royal Society of Edinburgh currently has a total of 1,500 Fellows who are peer-elected experts in the sciences, arts, humanities, professions, industry and commerce. Distinguished Fellows from the society included Adam Smith, Charles Darwin, William Wordsworth, John Logie Baird, Francis Crick and Niels Bohr.