We are saddened to report that Sir Alasdair Breckenridge has passed away on 12th December 2019.
A native of Angus, Scotland, he studied medicine at the University of St Andrews, before working as a lecturer then senior lecturer at the Hammersmith Hospital and at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School from 1964 to 1974, after which he was professor of clinical pharmacology at the University of Liverpool until 2002.
Sir Alisdair served as chair of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency from 2003; as a member of the Committee on Safety of Medicines from 1982 to 2003 (being chairman from 1999 to 2003); and as a member of the Medical Research Council from 1992 to 1996.
In 2005 he was appointed chair of the Emerging Science and Bioethics Advisory Committee. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1995 Birthday Honours for services to medicine and to health care and knighted in the 2004 New Year Honours for services to medicine. He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCPE), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci).
Sir Alasdair was appointed to Sativa’s Scientific Advisory Board in July 2018 and we have been honoured to work with him. Sir Alasdair has been invaluable member of the Sativa team and will be fondly missed.
We send our condolences to his family at this sad time.