The Margaret Fairlie Lecture: Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak - Precision Medicine

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Regius Professor of Medicine, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow as well as honorary consultant physician and non-executive member of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board will be giving the Margaret Fairlie Lecture entitled "Precision Medicine".

Professor Dominiczak is one of the world’s leading cardiovascular scientists and clinical academics. She held a British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Glasgow between 1997 and 2010, and directorship of the Cardiovascular Research Centre between 2000 and 2010.

Her major research interests are in hypertension, cardiovascular genomics and precision medicine, where she not only publishes extensively in top peer-reviewed journals (over 400 publications), but also excels in large-scale research funding for programmes and infrastructure (with a total value in excess of £100M over the last seven years). She leads a collaboration of four universities, four academic NHS Health Boards across Scotland and two major industry partners in a public/private partnership focused on precision medicine, with a value in excess of £20M.

Professor Dominiczak is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the European Society of Cardiology and the Society of Biology. She is a member of the British Medical Association, British Hypertension Society, European Society of Hypertension, International Society of Hypertension, British Endocrine Society, Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland, American Physiological Society, British Atherosclerosis Society, British Cardiovascular Society and European Atherosclerosis Society. From 2013 to 2015, she was President of the European Society of Hypertension. Since 2012, she has been Editor-in-Chief of Hypertension, journal of the American Heart Association and the world’s top journal in her area of research. 

In 2016, she was awarded a DBE for services to cardiovascular and medical science.

Professor Margaret Fairlie was born in Angus in 1891 and grew up at West Balmirmer Farm near Arbroath. In 1910 she matriculated at University College, Dundee to study at the Conjoint Medical School, marking the start of an association that would last most of the rest of her life. After graduating in 1915, she held various posts in Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and Manchester, before returning to Dundee in 1919 to run a consultant practice for gynaecology, and started teaching at the Medical School the following year. In the mid-1920s Fairlie joined the staff of Dundee Royal Infirmary becoming head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1936. She was also honorary gynaecologist to Arbroath, Brechin, Montrose and Forfar infirmaries and attended cases throughout Angus and Perthshire. She was made a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1940, the first woman professor in Scotland. She retired in 1956, but retained a close connection with both the University and DRI. She died in 1963.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, former Chief Medical Officer for England, gave the inaugural Margaret Fairlie Lecture in 2015.

The Margaret Fairlie Lecture is free and open to all.