Professor Neva Elizabeth Haites

4 June 1947

Neva Haites was born in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating BSc (1968) and PhD (1972) in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland, she moved to Aberdeen where she studied Medicine, graduating in 1980. She trained in medical genetics, gaining fellowships in both medicine and pathology and has a successful career as a Clinical Academic in Medical Genetics with interests in cancer genetics, retinitis pigmentosa and hereditary neuropathies. Within the University of Aberdeen, she held the positions of Professor of Medical Genetics, Head of College of Life Sciences and became the first female Vice Principal. She continues to contribute to the University as Emeritus Professor of Medical Genetics.

External roles:
Member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics working party on Genome Editing and Human Reproduction (2015 – 2018)
Member of Equality Challenge Unit Board (2012 – 2015)
Member of RSE Scotland Trustees (2009 – 2017)
Vice President and Deputy President RSE (2014 - 2017)
Member of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority  (HFEA 2002 – 2012)
 Chair of HFEA Scientific and Clinical Advances Committee
Chairman of the Biomedical and Therapeutics (2008 – 2012)
Committee of the Chief Scientist, Scottish Government
Member of Advisory Group on Phase 1 Clinical Trials (MHRA 2006 – 2008)
Member of Biologics and Vaccines Committee (MHRA)
Member of Expert Group appointed by the Secretary of State for Health to review the evidence in the TGN 1412 Clinical Trial (2006 – 2007)
Governor of the Caledonian Research Foundation (2005 – 2009)
Member of NHS Grampian Board (2003 – 2012)
 Chairman of the Service Strategy and Redesign Committee
Chairman of the British Society of Human Genetics (1999 – 2003)
Chairman of the North of Scotland Cancer Network (2001 – 2002)
Chairman of the North-East of Scotland Cancer Network (1998 – 2002)
Member of the Scottish Cancer Group (1998 – 2002)
Member of the Department of Health – Genetics Commissioning Advisory Group (GenCAG) (2001 – 2003)
Appointed Member of the Government Advisory Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (1997 – 2003)
Member of the National Screening Committee (1999 – 2003)

OBE for services to Medicine (2006)
Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) (2000)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) (2010)
MRC Special Training Fellowship in Recombinant DNA Technology (1985)

University of Aberdeen

Biography prepared from the nomination made to the University of Aberdeen 525 Alumni project.