Christine has been a family carer for over 30 years. She retired recently after 15 years as a Trustee of VOCAL and was Chair of Upmo’s Board for 10 years. She is a member of the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, the Carers Trust UK, and the Cross Party Carers Group in the Scottish Parliament. She recently worked as a carer advisor for the Scottish Government’s Independent Living Fund Scotland’s co-design of their Transition Fund
Christine retired as a Principal Investigator/Research Fellow in Neuroimmunology in 2012. A University of Edinburgh graduate she worked on autoimmune diseases prior to joining the Animal Disease Studies Group at King’s Buildings. This became the BBSRC and MRC Neuropathogenesis Unit in 1980, and latterly part of the Roslin Institute. Her research was on neurodegenerative diseases, in particular the human and animal transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs, syn. prion diseases eg BSE and CJD).
Christine has worked with colleagues in the National CJD Surveillance Unit, the Department of Clinical Neurology, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, the University of Strathclyde and scientific, veterinary and clinical colleagues in Scotland, the UK and worldwide.
For 15 years she was an Expert Advisor to the Biologicals subcommittee of the Committee of Safety in Medicines/Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority, Gov. UK.
Christine was a member of the City of Edinburgh Council’s core group on Self Directed Support and served for a year on the CHP before taking up her appointment to the EIJB in May 2014. Her interests are sailing, theatre, reading and family.
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