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Dr Stavros Malas assumed office as Minister of Health on 5 August 2011.

Prior to his appointment he worked at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, where in 2001 he had set up a research team working on early brain development using genetically modified mice as an experimental model. His main interest is the study of the role of certain transcription factors in cell fate decisions during brain and spinal cord development.

Dr Malas also served as advisor to research funding organisations and as an academic collaborator to the University of Cyprus and the University College London.

Moreover, since 2002 Dr Malas has served as the National Representative of the Republic of Cyprus in various Committees of the European Commission dealing with policy issues on biomedical research. Specifically, he has served as the National Representative to the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures, the Programme Committee for Health and the States Representative Group of the Innovative Medicines Initiative. For the latter, he served as the first elected Chair for the period 2008-2010.

During the period 2008-2009 he was appointed as Special Advisor to the European Commissioner for Health.

Dr Malas completed his university studies in the United Kingdom, where he obtained a BSc and a PhD in Genetics (1988-1994) from the University College London. Between 1995 and 2001 he worked as a researcher at the Clinical Sciences Centre of Imperial College London and at Hammersmith Hospital and in 2001 he moved back to Cyprus.

Dr Malas was born in 1967 in the town of Famagusta, which has been under military occupation by Turkey since 1974.

He is married to Zacharoula Mala, an educator, and they have four children.