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The Moredun Research Institute has appointed Sandy Trees as its new chairman. He succeeds John Jeffrey, who had held the post since 2004.

Professor Trees (right), who recently retired from Liverpool veterinary school, is a former president of the RCVS, and is internationally recognised for his knowledge of veterinary parasitology. He has published over 120 scientific papers and has an active interest in veterinary education. He is also Veterinary Editor-in-Chief of Veterinary Record.

John Ross, chairman of the Moredun Foundation, described Professor Trees' appointment as ‘a major achievement for Moredun’, and said that it would further enhance the institute's national and international reputation. Julie Fitzpatrick, scientific director of the Moredun Research Institute, also welcomed the appointment: ‘Professor Trees will bring his scientific, leadership and political skills to the chairman's role at the Moredun Research Institute. He will lead a very strong and balanced board of farmers, scientists and other major stakeholders and ensure Moredun continues to deliver on animal health, food security and climate change agendas.’

Professor Trees said that he was delighted to have been invited to take up the chairman's role. ‘The Moredun Research Institute has a long and distinguished history in animal health research and I am very proud to now be a part of this outstanding and unique organisation.’

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