Well hello! It's nice to know that there's anyone out there who's interested in my contribution to the University, and to life in general.
Where to start? OK. I hold the position of Senior Lecturer in Cardiology within the Cardiovascular Research Group. My role is principally as a researcher: I head a small group investigating the therapeutic application of cardiovascular gene transfer. But more of that elsewhere... I also work as an honorary Consultant in the Cardiology department of Salford Royal Hospital, where I make my small contribution to the cardiovascular well-being of my fellow man in Greater Manchester.
Born and raised in the north-east of England, my higher education began at Manchester Medical School in the early 1980s. I was awarded the John Russell Medical Entrance Scholarship in 1982 and obtained a 2:1 in Medical Biochemistry in a year of intercalated study in 1985 before taking a year out of education to recover from injuries incurred in an RTA (I wasn't driving and I wasn't drunk at the time - it hurt!). Returning to Medical School, I was awarded the degrees of MB;ChB with Honours in 1989 and set off on what I anticipated was to be a career of service commitment to the NHS. I obtained membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1992 and after several years as a middle-grade trainee in cardiology, decided to take a year or two to indulge in a short period of research. I was awarded a Bristol-Myers Squibb Cardiovascular Research Fellowship in 1998, which allowed me to make the transition from part-time to full-time research student and led ultimately to the award of my PhD at the University of Manchester in 2002. In 2001 I won the MMS Pfizer prize for medical research and came runner-up in the BCS Young research Worker's prize and the Menarini Academy Cardiovascular Research awards (I think I should have won both of these too, but my stance may be less than entirely objective).
In 2004 I was awarded a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Research Fellowship and in June 2006 won one of the first tranche of HEFCE "New Blood" Clinical Senior Lecturerships, which I took up in June 2007. Right now I'm leading a small group of enthusiastic and dedicated researchers through our adventures in vascular gene transfer. It isn't an easy road, but someone's got to get out in front and blaze a trail!
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