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Prof. Christian Delles

Prof. Christian Delles

Chair, SHARP / Professor of Cardiovascular Prevention

Christian Delles is Professor of Cardiovascular Prevention, Interim Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, and Honorary Consultant Physician with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. His research is in the area of cardiovascular diseases where he studies markers for early diagnosis of diabetic nephropathy; the molecular basis of vascular diseases; the pathogenesis and long-term consequences of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and gestational diabetes; and differences in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases between men and women. Prof. Delles serves as Treasurer of the British and Irish Hypertension Society and Honorary Secretary of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland. He is a member of national and international grant panels and associate editor and editorial board member of leading cardiovascular journals. He has a keen interest in teaching and training and currently chairs the University's Clinical Academic Training Advisory Committee.
Dr. Mary Joan Macleod

Dr. Mary Joan Macleod

Vice-Chair / Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology & Honorary Consultant Physician

Mary Joan Macleod MB ChB PhD FRCP is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology and Honorary Consultant Physician at the University of Aberdeen. Her main research interests are stroke epidemiology (particularly how service organisation and treatment affect outcomes after stroke), stroke clinical trials and stroke imaging. She is PI on two Chief Scientist Office grants: a) Exploring interactions between cancer and stroke in a national setting b) Using fast-field cycling MRI to identify stroke and small vessel disease. She is responsible for assessment of the final year of the MBChB course. Other roles include 1:5 cover of acute stroke admissions, Chair of NHS Grampian/University of Aberdeen Clinical Studies Oversight Group, Chair of Scotland A and B Research Ethics Committees and Honorary Deputy Secretary of the British and Irish Association of Stroke Physicians.
Dr. William Simpson

Dr. William Simpson

Treasurer, SHARP / Consultant Chemical Pathologist

Bill Simpson was born and grew up in Glasgow. He studied medicine there, graduating in 1984, and continued to spend his early post graduate years around Central Scotland. In 1990 he moved to Aberdeen to finish his training in Chemical Pathology. As a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, he has held a Consultant post in the Clinical Biochemistry Department of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary since 1997. His main areas of clinical and research interest are lipids and nutrition. In 2006 he brought together some interested colleagues to form the Scottish Lipid Forum (SLF), the aim being to provide an educational programme and to develop and share strategies for the best treatment of hyperlipidaemias across Scotland. This proved quite popular, and was adopted as a vehicle for roll out of the screening programme for Familial Hypercholesterolaemia in Scotland. This opened up invitations to speak at locations from Aberdeen to Australia. Probably his most significant achievement was with a PowerPoint slide during a talk on FH in Westminster. The slide was completely blank, but the commentary, "What England is doing about FH", was taken as a wake up call by NHS England! Bill remains active in SLF and many of the other notable organisations for which he has held national roles: The Association for Clinical Pathologists (ACP) - Past President and previously Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Chemical Pathology, currently serving as Treasurer; the Association for Clinical Biochemistry (ACB) - Chair and Secretary of ACB Scotland, founding Chair of the Nutrition Group of the Clinical Practice Section; Academy of the Medical Royal Colleges - organiser of the Scottish Inter-Collegiate Nutrition Course; Royal College of Pathologists - Regional Tutor, Specialty Advisor, member of the National Quality Assurance Panel; HEART UK founder member and Champion for FH Scotland, and of course SHARP - previous co-Chair and long serving trustee.
Dr. Rebecca Wheater

Dr. Rebecca Wheater

Honorary Secretary / General Practitioner

GP with an interest in cardiology and respiratory medicine. GP Rep on Angus Adult Protection Committee. SRU Referee and International Time Keeper in my spare time, practising what I preach by keeping active. Trained under Dr TS Callaghan in Angus, when I learned how to do echocardiograms and had my own echo list at Arbroath infirmary in 2000-2001. Member of SHARP since 2001, Chair 2018/19. Member of the Angus CHP Cardiovascular Clinical Working Group from 2001, Chair from 2004-2016, during which I helped to deliver cardiovascular education at PLT and SHARP events. I was Angus Rep on the Tayside Cardiovascular MCN from 2010-2012, when I was Clinical Director for Angus CHP. GP on the SIGN Guideline 148 Acute Coronary Syndrome update in 2016.
Miss Victoria Kirkwood

Miss Victoria Kirkwood

Chair of Communications \ Senior Charity Administrator

Dr. Alan Begg

Dr. Alan Begg

General Practitioner

Dr Alan G Begg has a long interest and involvement in cardiovascular disease initiatives and associated service development. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh (FRCPE) and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP). He received the RCGP Scotland Alastair Donald Award in recognition of his teaching and research role in general practice and was until recently a Trustee of Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS). He represents general practice on the steering group of the National Inherited Cardiac Conditions Network. He has been active in a large range of guideline developments, their implementation, quality standards development and technology appraisals. He writes widely on the topic of cardiovascular disease and is presently a co-editor of Practical Diabetes.
Prof. Jill Belch

Prof. Jill Belch

Founding Member / Professor of Vascular Medicine

Prof. Adrian Brady

Prof. Adrian Brady

Honorary Professor / Consultant Cardiologist

Professor Brady graduated in Medicine from Edinburgh University in 1985, summa cum laude. He trained in Cardiology at the Hammersmith Hospital, the London Chest Hospital and the National Heart and Lung Institute, London. During his research time Professor Brady won the British Cardiac Society Award and the American Heart Association Young Investigator Award. He was appointed Consultant Cardiologist to Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1996. He is visiting Professor of Cardiology, Mayo Clinic; Visiting Professor of Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic; Visiting Professor of Cardiology, Public Health Foundation of India; Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Cardiology, and Honorary Member of the Korean Society of Cardiology. Professor Brady’s major specialities are the clinical aspects and epidemiology of hypertension, coronary heart disease and pulmonary embolism. He was the principal investigator in four major UK studies (totalling 140,000 patients). He was the Principal Investigator for the UK in the IMPROVE-IT trial (TIMI 40) in acute coronary syndromes (ACS), and currently the KONA WAVE trial in renal denervation. Professor Brady has published >100 papers in medical research journals on the above subjects and also in basic cardiovascular biology. His textbook, “New Perspectives on Hypertension,” is now in its third edition. He is the Principal author of the Hypertension section of the current Mayo Clinic Textbook of Cardiology. Professor Brady has given over >200 invited national and international lectures including Plenary lectures at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the European Atherosclerosis Society, the American Heart Association, the Japanese Circulation Society, the French Cardiac Society, the National Societies of South Korea, Chile, Portugal, Hong Kong, Thailand, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Egypt, the World Congress of Cardiology and the Mayo Clinic. Professor Brady represented the ESC on a lecture tour of China. Professor Brady was elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association in 2003, and the ESC in 2011. He is the Past President of the British and Irish Hypertension Society, past Chairman of the Guidelines Committee of the British Cardiovascular Society, past Chairman of SHARP, and represented the UK on the ESC Guidelines Development Group. Professor Brady was a principal author of the 2007 Scottish National Guideline for Coronary Heart Disease, the 2008 ESC Guideline on Pulmonary Embolism, and the 2010 SIGN Guideline for Venous Thromboembolism (VTE). He was an author of the 2018 European Guideline for Hypertension and will chair the forthcoming 2022 SIGN Guideline for VTE. Professor Brady conceived, developed and led the acclaimed Football Health Scotland study of dietary and lifestyle therapy in middle-aged men. Professor Brady is the clinical lead for this Scotland-wide project, linking football and health across the nation. His Channel 4 television programme about diet and blood pressure was screened in 2018.
Dr. Michelle Collister-Bartlett

Dr. Michelle Collister-Bartlett

General Practitioner

I am a member of the RCGP and I work as a GP in Montrose and have a keen interest in cardiovascular disease and prevention as I understand the impact disease has on families after losing my father to a heart attack when he was 42 and fit and well before his death. I have designed in practice protocols to ensure optimal cardiovascular prevention strategies are implemented by the MDT. I have a lifelong interest in education having started life studying Biochemistry in Dundee and went on to do a Ph.D in biochemistry and molecular biology in Dundee. In my thirties I went on to study medicine in Aberdeen and I along with 7 Allied health professionals set up the first interprofessional education conference in Aberdeen. I value being a trustee of SHARP, promoting cardiovascular education for all.
Morven Dunn

Morven Dunn

Quality and Patient Safety Lead, Forth Valley / Co-Chair, Communications

Morven is a cardiology nurse with almost 30 years of experience in a plethora of speciality clinical roles involving establishing and running innovative person-centred cardiology services such as a nurse led atrial fibrillation service. She has worked nationally for the British Heart Foundation testing, implementing, and supporting development new pathways of care. She is passionate about education and has worked in healthcare education in both further education & university settings. She led the codesign of the implementation plan of Scottish Cardiac Audit Programme, in collaboration with those with lived experience, clinicians and service providers. She currently works in Forth Valley as the Quality and Safety Lead with a passion of supporting codesign improvement of care with service users.
Brian Forbes

Brian Forbes

Government Affairs Lead

A Sports Medicine background in Glasgow established Brian’s interest and passion for evidence based medicine, healthcare and policy. With twenty years of experience with the pharmaceutical industry across the United Kingdom he firmly believes in the impact collaboration between the NHS, Third Sector, Academia, Government and Industry can bring to improving patient outcomes.
Paul Forsyth

Paul Forsyth

Lead Pharmacist Clinical Cardiology / Heart Failure Specialist

Prof. Jacob George

Prof. Jacob George

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Therapeutics / Hon. Consultant Physician & Clinical Pharmacologist

Professor Jacob George is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine & Therapeutics at the University of Dundee Medical School. Professionally, he is a Consultant Physician in qualified in Clinical Pharmacology and General Internal Medicine and is an accredited European Hypertension Specialist. His clinical interest is in managing patients with high Cardiovascular risk and he is Clinical Lead for the Cardiovascular Risk Service in Tayside. His research interests are focused on managing cardiovascular risk factors such as left ventricular hypertrophy, salt and smoking/vaping. His research publications have been covered by more than 50 news organizations worldwide and he has conducted more than 80 media interviews including live television broadcasts to national and international media on the results of his research. He is actively involved in Medicines Governance in the UK being the National Clinical Lead for the Scottish Medicines Consortium. In this capacity, he sits on the Steering Group of the Innovative Licensing and Access Pathway (ILAP), a joint initiative between the MHRA, NICE,SMC and AWTTC. Locally, he is Chair of the Medicines Advisory Group and is a member of the PACS Tier 2 Committee. He also sits on the National Review Panel for drugs not approved by the SMC. He was recently appointed by the Minister of Health, Malaysia as an International Expert Member of the Malaysian Scientific Review Panel for Phase I Clinical Trials.
Dr. Stuart Hutcheon

Dr. Stuart Hutcheon

Consultant Cardiologist

Prof. Tom MacDonald

Prof. Tom MacDonald

Professor of Clinical Pharmacology & Pharmacoepidemiology / Director of MEMO Research

Prof. Isla Mackenzie

Prof. Isla Mackenzie

Professor & Honorary Consultant Physician

Dr. Suzanne Mackenzie

Dr. Suzanne Mackenzie

Consultant Chemical Pathologist

Dr. Jonathan Malo

Dr. Jonathan Malo

Chair, SLF / Consultant Chemical Pathologist

Scottish Lipid Forum

The Scottish Lipid Forum holds an annual educational meeting every November for lipid and cardiovascular risk specialists across Scotland. Many of us, like myself, are doctors trained in clinical biochemistry who see individuals with dyslipidaemia in an outpatient setting. However, the meeting also relies on the input of a wide range of healthcare professionals, including cardiologists, clinical pharmacologists, clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors, clinical nurse specialists, GPs, and paediatricians. Our aim is to keep up-to-date with the latest in lipidology and cardiovascular risk and to promote best practices across Scotland. And our meeting regularly attracts high-profile speakers in the field from Scotland and beyond. If you are interested in finding out more then please do get in touch using the details below.
Mr John Murray

Mr John Murray

Patient Representative

In April/May 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, John began experiencing troubling symptoms that went beyond his asthma. Recognising the severity of his breathing difficulties, his daughter rushed him to the hospital one night, a decision that likely saved his life. This marked the beginning of a nine-week hospitalisation where doctors diagnosed him with blood clots in his heart and lungs, along with pneumonia. About a year later, John underwent a procedure to have a defibrillator fitted. In the years following this challenging time, he received the reassuring news that his heart was functioning normally. Today, John focuses on his well-being by attending weekly exercise classes and aims to further increase his activity level.
Prof. Lis Neubeck

Prof. Lis Neubeck

Head of the Centre for Cardiovascular Health, Edinburgh Napier University

Twitter: @lisneubeck

Professor Lis Neubeck is cardiac nurse with over 25 years of experience in a range of cardiac in-patient and out-patient settings. She is Professor of Cardiovascular Health in the School of Health and Social Care and Head of the Centre for Cardiovascular Health at Edinburgh Napier University. Her research focuses on innovative solutions to secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, identification and management of atrial fibrillation, and use of digital health to improve access to health care. Lis is the NHS Research Scotland Cardiovascular Clinical Network Lead, immediate Past President of the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and ESC patient forum lead.
Dr. Liz Phillips

Dr. Liz Phillips

General Practitioner

Dr. Terence J. Quinn

Dr. Terence J. Quinn

Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant Physician

Twitter: @DrTerryQuinn

Dr Terry Quinn is a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant based in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow. Research interests include trial methodology, functional/cognitive assessment and vascular cognitive impairment. He has published over 200 papers with recent titles in BMJ, JAMA and NEJM. Terry is coordinating editor of the Cochrane Dementia Group and Deputy Editor of Age and Ageing. He chairs the stroke psychology SIG of the World Federation of Neuropsychology and is NRS Scotland Lead for Ageing Research. He provides clinical expertise to the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Stroke. Within University of Glasgow, Terry is vice chair of ethics and coordinates junior clinical academic training. He combines research with teaching and clinical commitments in the stroke wards of Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
Dr. Stuart Watkins

Dr. Stuart Watkins

Consultant Cardiologist

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