Cardiovascular — Key research staff

Theme Leader

Prof Robin Choudhury is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine; Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow; Clinical Director of the Oxford Acute Vascular Imaging Centre, and Fellow of Balliol College. He is an internationally recognised expert on vascular and molecular imaging. He chairs the British Cardiovascular Society Clinical Study Groups Committee.

Co-Theme Leaders

Dr James Kennedy is the clinical and academic lead for acute stroke. American Stroke Association New Investigator Award for his acute stroke research. He is Co-PI on MRC Acute Stroke Partnership Grant with collaborators at the other 4 current Comprehensive BRCs.

Dr Rajesh Kharbanda is second theme co-leader and co-ordinator of the Interventional Research Group. Consultant Interventional Cardiologist with international research programme on cardiac protection and myocardial infarction. UK lead and scientific officer for Leducq Transatlantic Network Group.

Theme Liaison Contact

Dr Hanan Lamlum
Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Oxford
Level 0,
John Radcliffe Hospital

Tel: +44 (0)1865 221868

Key Researchers

Prof Alastair Buchan, NIHR Senior Investigator, is Professor of Stroke Medicine, the Head of the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford, and former Director for the Oxford BRC. His research focus is the translation of his experimental neuroprotection programme to clinical practice.

Prof Adrian Banning is an Interventional Cardiologist and Divisional Director for Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular. A leading investigator in studies of stents vs. coronary bypass surgery and of drug eluting stents. Leader of research utilizing MRI to investigate mechanisms of injury during revascularization.

Prof Keith Channon is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of Oxford NIHR BRC, and an Interventional Cardiologist. He heads an internationally leading basic and clinical research programme on coronary plaque biology and endothelial dysfunction, translating experimental findings into clinical practice.

Prof Robin Choudhury is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science, Clinical Director of Oxford Acute Vascular Imaging Centre and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist.

Prof Alison Halliday is Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Oxford and an international authority on large-scale clinical trials in Vascular Surgery and Stroke. She is Principal Investigator of the Asymptomatic Carotid Surgery Trials (ACST-1 and 2) and collaborates with Prof Sir Richard Peto and the Oxford Clinical Trial Service Unit (CTSU).

Prof Peter Jezzard is a Chair of Neuroimaging and an internationally recognized MRI physicist working on the development of novel neuroimaging methods. He heads the University’s Imaging Management Board and is incoming President of the International Society of MR in Medicine.

Dr Saul Myerson, Consultant Cardiologist, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine and Consultant Physician.

Dr Kyle Pattinson is an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow and Honorary Consultant Anaesthetist. He leads a research group using functional neuroimaging to investigate mechanisms of brain injury in critically ill patients suffering acute aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage.

Dr Bernard Prendergast is Clinical Director of Cardiology and an international opinion leader in VHD. He was a principal contributor to European Guidelines on the management of VHD, infective endocarditis and atrial fibrillation, is Chairman-Elect of the ESC Working Group on VHD, Chair of CLRN/NIHR BCS VHD Clinical Study Group and an expert adviser to NICE.

Dr Matthew Robson is a University Research Lecturer and Head of Cardiac MR Physics at the Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research. He is an internationally recognised MRI expert with experience in developing novel techniques for MRI and MRS with a focus on translation into clinical use.

Prof Hugh Watkins is Field Marshal Alexander Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, NIHR Senior Investigator, is Head of the academic Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Honorary Consultant in Cardiology and General Medicine and an international authority on inherited cardiovascular conditions. Provides important cross-links as leader of Genomic Medicine Theme. Nationally, has led implementation of genetic testing for sudden cardiac death in the NHS.