A new team that will focus on end of life studies is to start work in Dumfries in March this year.
Professor David Clark, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, Dumfries, will lead the team which will consist of Dr Shahaduz Zaman, Reverend Hamilton Inbadas and Catriona Forrest.
All three are new to Dumfries as well as to their roles. Another full-time, permanent position has been created for a social science lecturer with a particular interest and expertise in end of life studies.
It is expected that over the first year the project will bring up to 10 people to the region.
The team is supported by a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award in Medical Humanities which was awarded to the Principal Investigator, Professor Clark, last year.
Professor Clark said: “We are thrilled to have recruited a group with such expertise in their own fields. Dr Zaman has a strong background in community health, medicine and global health initiatives.
“Reverend Inbadas comes with several years of clinical, teaching and research experience in palliative care in India. He is an ordained church minister in South India and has been involved in providing spiritual care and psychological support to palliative care patients and their families.
“Finally, Catriona Forrest is our new Public Engagement Officer. One of the core features of the work will be to ensure that the wider public has access to and is engaged with the work of the project. Catriona is ideally suited for this role as she has worked for the BBC and has an excellent understanding of all things digital. Latterly, she has worked in various capacities, including developing digital strategies at the University of Glasgow.
“I am delighted to welcome them to this great part of Scotland. The project also hopes to contribute to work on the development of palliative and end of life care services in Dumfries and Galloway, so there will also be benefits brought to the area through the work we are doing.”