Prof Chris McGuigan

Professor Chris McGuigan 1958 – 2016Chris

It is with our deepest sorrow that the Life Sciences Research Network Wales acknowledges the passing of our Scientific Director, Professor Chris McGuigan.

Chris was an inspirational scientist and led our National Research Network with colossal drive and enthusiasm.

Chris was a fantastic person to work for and anyone having the pleasure to meet or work with Chris will know of his genuine passion for science and for life.
Chris will be greatly missed by all of his friends and colleagues involved with the Network, both internationally and those of us in Wales.

We will continue to work hard and maintain the success of the Network with Chris in our hearts.

The Network and School of Pharmacy have arranged a memorial that will take place in mid February 2017, to commemorate and celebrate Chris’s life and work and this will be an opportunity for many to pay tribute.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Chris, the chosen charity by the family is Tenovus – the cancer charity (

Tributes to Chris

Cardiff University

“Chris’ family have lost a loving and devoted husband and father. The University has lost a distinguished researcher. The world has lost an inspirational leader in drug development. I have lost a dear, dear friend. However, his legacy is inextinguishable, and he will continue to inspire generations of researchers.”


Prof Malcolm Mason, former Clinical Director, Life Sciences Research Network, and family friend

“Many of us have lost a friend as well as a colleague and mentor. So wide was Chris’s influence in the School, the University, Wales and beyond that there will be many personal tributes paid. I have had the privilege of working with a man whose scientific achievements and personal attributes were inspirational.


Prof Gary Baxter, Head of School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

“I had the privilege to work with him briefly and he was an amazingly positive and inspiring colleague.”



“Professor McGuigan brought great distinction to his discipline and to the University and will be missed by all his colleagues across the University.”

“He was a distinguished scientist and was well respected at government level in Wales. He made a huge contribution to Cardiff’s success in the last REF.”

“He really was a force of nature – so driven, focused and enthusiastic whilst at the same time, he was generous, thoughtful and always made time for others – a very very rare combination of human attributes!”

“What a loss, a wonderful scientist but more importantly a great human being.”

“We have lost a good friend and an inspirational colleague.

The world of science and medicine has lost a pioneer and a brilliant innovator.”

“Chris was an amazing guy, encompassing intelligence, amazing dynamism and a clear vision. He will be missed by many throughout Wales and beyond. The work he did to establish the NRN Life Science network and its burgeoning legacy will be a fitting memorial to him.”

“In the short time I worked with him, I quickly learnt that he was a remarkable man, and had a truly courageous spirit. Every time we met I was so impressed by his capacity to make those around him feel at ease and included.”

“Chris was such a nice person to work with, always receptive, full of energy and enthusiastic about new ideas. He was like a mentor for many of us. He made the NRN a friendly community to be part of.”

“Chris was not only an amazing scientist, but such an endearing person. He was an impressionable mentor for me.”