Latest Departmental News

Congratulations to Will Hunt, who has won the Young Investigator Award at the British and Irish Hypertension Society annual meeting in Glasgow. Will, who completed his iBSc with the Department last year supervised by Prof Gerry McCann and Dr Thomas Yates (Diabetes Research Centre), presented the group's work on the role of arterial stiffness in cardiac remodelling in younger adults with T2DM. His prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to the Australian Hypertension Society meeting in spring 2018 where he gets the opportunity to present again. September 2017
Jonathan Thompson has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Anaesthesia Education; the official CPED journal of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, the Faculty of Pain Medicine, the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland and the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists, with a worldwide reputation and readership. September 2017
Laurence Dawkins-Hall has been successful in his application for Registered Scientist status with the UK Science Council. This award is appropriate for staff in scientific and senior technical roles, and is intended to ensure high and improving standards across all scientific disciplines, reflect best practice in science and set a benchmark level throughout the science-based professions. September 2017
Congratulations to the 2017 student prize winners! The Very Reverend Derek Hole Prize in Cardiovascular Medicine has been awarded to two candidates as both were deemed to be worthy winners: Maryum Farooq and Niraj Samani. The Freda Redford Prize in Cardiovascular Science has been awarded to Lauren Coles. July 2017
Abtehale Al-Hussaini and the SCAD Research Team won the NIHR CRN award. May 2017

Jatinder Minhas has been selected as one of only two stroke medicine trainees from the UK to attend the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) Summer School in Larissa, Greece on 10th to 15th September 2017. For the last 20 years, the Stroke Summer School has been a flagship event for the ESO and a prestigious educational meeting for stroke trainees throughout Europe. May 2017

Daphne Jackson Fellowship Opportunity
Applications are invited for a two year Daphne Jackson Fellowship that will be hosted by the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester, and sponsored by the van Geest Heart and Cardiovascular Research Fund. The fellowship is intended for individuals who want to return to research in any STEM subject covered by the department.
Closing date: 31st May 2017

Liam Heaney has been selected to present his work at the House of Commons on Monday 13th March as part of the STEM for Britain 2017 event. This competition allows early career researchers to showcase their research to members of parliament as part of the government’s STEM initiative. Liam has been selected to compete in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences session, presenting his poster on the metabolomics work completed under the supervision of Prof Suzuki (notably work completed on the cardiovascular disease biomarker trimethylamine N-oxide, or TMAO). Jan 2017

Matthew Charlton has been awarded £2,312 from the Ernest Leach Fund (small grant from the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) for his project "Establishing normal ranges of microcirculatory function as determined by CytoCam-IDF imaging." Jan 2017

David Sidlofff won the Sol Cohen Prize at the UK Vascular Society Meeting (best clinical paper) in November for his talk on "Social Deprivation, screening attendance and mortality." Jan 2017

Alison Goodall won the University of Leicester Enterprise Award which was one of the first ever Discovering Excellence Awards to recognise the talents and commitment of staff across the university. Dec 2017

Razif Abas and Meetal Solanki won the Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Biotechnology YES) regional heat (as part of a team) and will be competing at the national final in London in December. (This competition is funded by The University of Nottingham’s Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HGI), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) and aims to encourage an entrepreneurial culture for the benefit of the UK economy.
Oct 2016

Zhia Lim (supervised by Professor Andre Ng) won best poster prize in the Cardiovascular and Neurosciences category at the National Student Intercalated Conference 2016

Sameer Kurmani won the Young Research Workers Prize at the British Atherosclerosis Society. (This award was part of the Binks Trust Award). Sept 2016

Richard Mbasu has successfully formed and registered the University of Leicester Postgraduate Research Society and become President. Aim is to promote PGR events and improve on the PGR social and academic lives. Sept 2016

Ben Richards has been appointed as Vice President of the University of Leicester Postgraduate Research Society. Sept 2016

Bradley Toghill has been selected to give an oral presentation on "Global and gene specific DNA methylation is associated with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms" at the International Meeting of Aortic Diseases (IMAD) in Leige, Belgium. Sept 2016

Tom Robinson has been appointed as Head of our Department with effect from 1st August 2016. Jul 2016

David Sidloff won the College Lauder Prize for best MD Degree candidate. Jul 2016

Richard Mbasu has been awarded a travel grant of £300 by the Biochemical Society to attend the American Mass Spectrometry Society (ASMS) 64th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas in June. Jul 2016

Laki Liyanage was part of the winning team for ‘Best Overall Application’ at the NIHR Summer Training Camp, held at Ashridge on 6-8th July 2016

Richard Mbasu won the University of Leicester Student Award 2016 prize for Course representative of the year. Jul 2016

Dimitra Aravani won the runner up award for the Young Investigator competition at the British Cardiovascular Society annual conference. Jul 2016

Andre Ng won the European Heart Rhythm Association Inventors Award for 'LifeMap' - our patented novel Sudden Cardiac Death risk marker.  This award includes 5,000 euros to engage in entrepreneurial activities Jun 2016

Zhia Lim (iBSc student supervised by Professor G Andre Ng) has been selected for an Abstract Award: 2016 Rob Clarke Awards and invited to present a poster for a Presentation Award at Physiology 2016. Jun 2016

Gerry McCann and Kim Mason are Superstar Award winners for our department, both are university staff who have been nominated by university students. May 2016

  • Gerry
    He inspires me with his commitment and calm guiding hand. He is always available and always ready to help, advise and guide. He keeps his students on the path. He often stays late and nothing is ever too much. His advice is always bang on and right on the money. He meets with students every week and pushes them to achieve. I could not imagine a better supervisor. He really is a superstar!"
  • Kim
    "She is always extremely helpful and goes out of her way to help research students solve any problems they have. She always goes that extra mile and nothing is a burden or too much. She is truly amazing and a breath of fresh air when tensions run high. She often works in the shadows and she deserves to be recognised for her relentless efforts on behalf of postgraduate students."

Dimitra Aravani won the first poster prize (among postdocs) of the British Society for Cell Biology at the joint BSCB/BSDB spring meeting in Warwick 10-13 of April 2016. Dimitra has also been selected as one of five finalists for the Young Investigator Prize of the British Cardiovascular Society, to give a talk at the meeting in Manchester 6-8 of June 2016.

Matt Bown and Gerry McCann have both been awarded personal Chairs by the University. Apr 2016

Anvesha Singh won the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) 2016 'Early Career Award (Clinical)' at their annual meeting in LA for an oral presentation on 'Myocardial Perfusion Reserve but not fibrosis predicts outcomes in initially asymptomatic patients with moderate to severe aortic stenosis. ??The PRognostic Importance of MIcrovascular Dysfunction in AS study- PRIMID AS'. Mar 2016

Matthew Charlton has been awarded a grant of £6,511 from the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA-AAGBI) for his project entitled "Can infrared thermal imaging be used to quantify abnormal skin perfusion in sepsis? Feb 2016

Abi Al-Hussaini has been awarded a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Rare Disease Fellowship. Mar 2016

Ashley Ambrose won a prize at the M5 Flow Cytometry Meeting at the University of Nottingham in December for his poster presentation entitled “Platelet-derived extracellular vesicles act as an intercellular communication mechanism with monocytes”. Jan 2016

Bradley Toghill was selected to give an oral presentation on "The role of DNA methylation in the pathology of abdominal aortic aneurysms" at The Society of Academic and Research Surgery (SARS) Annual Meeting - Royal College of Surgeons London. Jan 2016

Bradley Toghill was selected to present his work on "Genome-wide DNA methylation is associated with abdominal aortic aneurysm" at the Vascular Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2015 in Bournemouth. Nov 2015

Gavin Chu was shortlisted for the Young Investigator of the Year 2015 Award at the Heart Rhythm Congress UK in Birmingham. Nov 2015

Alison Goodall has been appointed as the Deputy Head of College. In this role Alison will play a key part in the College leadership and strategy with particular focus on College organisation and special projects. The Department would like to extend its congratulations to Alison and wish her every success. Oct 2015

Ana Verissimo received a Nuffield Research Placement Certificate for being a "great mentor" to a 17 year old female placement student in the laboratory.  The student undertook a mini project and learnt about different careers within medicine and biomedical sciences. Oct 2015

Anvesha Singh has been awarded the British Heart Valve Society Young Investigator Award for her PhD work on PRIMID AS.  Oct 2015

Nawshin Dastagir has had 3 abstracts accepted: Computing in Cardiology (CinC) Conference 6-10th Sept in France; Heart Rhythm Congress (HRC) conference 6th Oct in Birmingham; American Heart Association (AHA) conference 21-25th Oct in Germany. Sept 2015

Nawshin Dastagir was runner up in the University of Leicester's 3 minutes thesis competition and as a consequence chosen to represent the University of Leicester at the East Midlands University Association (EMUA) Conference held at Lincoln University. Sept 2015

Ashley Ambrose has been awarded best poster prize at the 15th UK Platelet Meeting held in Leicester on the 15th and 16th September for his presentation on 'Platelet-derived Extracellular Vesicles act as an intercellular communication mechanism with monocytes'. Sept 2015

Richard Mbasu (CSMM), working in the John and Lucille van Geest Biomarker Facility, has been awarded a travel grant of £170 by the British Society for Cardiovascular Research (BSCR) to attend a conference in Glasgow in September. Aug 2015

Liam Heaney and Richard Mbasu (CSMM) have each been awarded a travel grant of £250 by the British Mass Spectrometry Society to attend their conference in September to display their work. (Both work in the John and Lucille van Geest Biomarker Facility). Aug 2015

Professor Tom Robinson has been apointed National Specialty Lead for Stroke for the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network from 1st July. Jul 2015

Bradley Toghill (First year PhD student) has had his first paper published:
Bradley J. Toghill, Athanasios Saratzis, Seamus C. Harrison, Ana R. Verissimo, Eamonn B. Mallon, Matthew J. Bown. The potential role of DNA methylation in the pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Atherosclerosis 2015 241 (1) 121–129Jun 2015

Jamal Khan won the British Society of Cardiac MRI (BSCMR) Young Investigator Award at their annual conference in London in April. Jun 2015

Nikol Sullo has been awarded the Ronald Edwards Medal for her presentation on "Microvesicles as indicators and mediators of inflammatory reactions in response to transfusion during cardiac surgery" at the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery Annual Meeting. May 2015

Rob Turnbull and Ashley Ambrose have both been awarded a Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) and a Travel Bursary from the British Society for Haemostasis and Thrombosis (BSHT) to attend the ISTH Congress in Toronto in June. May 2015

Zhanhan Tu has been awarded a Travel grant by the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV) to attend the 53rd ISCEV International Symposium in Ljubljana, Slovenia in June to present her work. Apr 2015

Jamal Khan (supervisor Dr Gerry McCann), research abstract was voted best UK abstract at American College of Cardiology 2015 congress).  The title was "The Complete versus Lesion Only Primary PCI Trial-Cardiovascular MRI Substudy (CvLPRIT-CMR)". Mar 2015

Emma Chung has become a STEMM Ambassador (promoting women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). Run by STEMNet, the Ambassadors use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy STEMM subjects, and to promote the opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEMM subjects and careers. Feb 2015

Jamal Khan has been awarded a European Regional Scholarship in Cardiac MRI by the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) at their annual conference in Nice, France for the research work he has been doing with Dr Gerry McCann. Feb 2015

Karl Herbert has received an award from the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (Americas) for ‘dedication and volunteerism’ over the past 13 years. Jan 2015

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