Fellowship award for dedicated Milngavie scientist

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A professor committed to getting to the heart of the matter has been awarded a research fellowship by the Royal Society Leverhulme Trust.

This adds to a long list of honours for Milngavie woman Mandy MacLean, who is based at the research institute of cardiovascular and medical sciences at the University of Glasgow.

The senior fellowship, one of seven that were awarded, will allow her to spend time focusing on her research while her teaching and administrative duties are taken over by a teaching replacement funded by the scheme.

Professor MacLean, a former Douglas Academy pupil, directs a research group studying the pharmacology of pulmonary circulation, which is an artery that carries deoxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs. The group will examine the roles of serotonin, gender and oestrogen in pulmonary arterial hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs), which is a disease that causes the right side of the heart to fail and currently has no cure.

The dedicated professor was also awarded an MBE in 2010 for services to science – the same year she was given a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

Only a couple of weeks ago Professor MacLean won the AstraZeneca Prize for Women in Pharmacology from the British Pharmacological Society for her outstanding research contribution to the field, and in June she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Professor MacLean, a mum of two grown up children, said: “This fellowship will allow me to devote my time to help us to understand this very serious disease and why women get the disease more frequently than men.

“I also hope to inspire young girls and women to believe they can succeed in science. I’m passionate about pharmacology and there is a clinical need for more research into this disease as it’s too rare for pharmaceutical companies to carry it out. We need to help these patients as there’s nothing out there to save them at the moment.”

The Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship covers all areas of life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

More information is available from www.leverhulme.ac.uk.