Inaugural Lecture: Professor Gerry McCann

Posted by njc6 at Sep 17, 2016 12:00 AM |
Part of the Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series 2016-17

Using MRI to improve Cardiovascular Health 

Professor Gerry McCann of the department of Cardiovascular Sciences gave his inaugural lecture of the above title on Thursday 22 September 2016 in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre. It was also attended by his Head of Department, Professor Tom Robinson, and the Head of College, Professor Philip Baker. Gerry's lecture focussed on his research in Aortic Stenosis, coronary artery disease and subclinical heart failure.


 Gerry McCann is Professor of Cardiac Imaging and a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Career Development Fellow at the University of Leicester. Gerry graduated in Medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1992 and undertook an intercalated BSc in Physiology and Sports Science, which stimulated his interest in the non-invasive assessment of cardiovascular physiology. His early postgraduate training and doctoral research was also completed in Glasgow. Whilst undertaking his doctoral research on “Exercise Limitation in Aortic Stenosis (AS)”, Gerry coordinated and lectured on the BSc in Sports Medicine, set up by his supervisor Professor Stewart Hillis, and undertook initial training in cardiology.

Gerry was appointed as a specialist registrar in Cardiology at Leicester in 2000 and he developed a strong interest in cardiac imaging. He secured a European Society of Cardiology clinical fellowship in 2004 to undertake training in the rapidly developing technique of Cardiac MRI at the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam, under the supervision of Prof. van Rossum. He successfully worked on projects in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Pulmonary Hypertension and Coronary Artery Disease. It was during this year that Gerry saw the huge potential of MRI to better understand cardiac pathophysiology in vivo and most importantly, due to the excellent image quality and high diagnostic accuracy of the technique, to improve patient care. Gerry was appointed as a consultant cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital Leicester in 2005 undertaking general cardiology duties and running the expanded Cardiac MRI service with radiology colleagues. The stress MRI service was introduced in 2008 and is one of the largest and most successful in the UK.

Gerry was awarded his first grant as a principal investigator, from the BHF, in 2007 to assess the role of left ventricular hypertrophy in limiting exercise capacity in AS. Several other grants were secured with colleagues and the opportunities arising from the NIHR were transformative to his career. Gerry led the bid that secured £2.2M (2009) to install a dedicated NIHR MRI research scanner at Glenfield Hospital; he received support from the NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit to undertake 6 months full-time research in 2010 and secured NIHR Postdoctoral (2011) and Career Development Fellowships (2014) before being appointed as Professor in April 2016. He is the deputy lead for Cardiovascular Research in the NIHR East Midlands CRN, Clinical Lead for research in the Trust Cardiorespiratory clinical management group and the Translational Medicine Facility, Chairs the Trust MRI research board, co-chairs the research group of the British Society of Cardiovascular MRI and is chair of the British cardiovascular society clinical specialty group on valvular heart disease.

Professor McCann directs a very active Imaging research programme with funding (>£9M) from the British Heart Foundation, MRC, the NIHR and Industry. Working closely with local colleagues as well as National and International Collaborators, his research spans from biomarker discovery to large scale International Phase III Clinical Trials. Gerry particularly enjoys developing the skills of his postgraduate students and has successfully supervised 4 to completion of their doctorate with another 6 in progress.

 With the Head of Department and Head of College

GM talk 1

GM talk 2

GM clapping

GM reception

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