Preventing risk of heart disease

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Franco Cappuccio
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine & Epidemiology
University of Warwick

Professor Franco Cappuccio moved to the University of Warwick in July 2005 to take up the newly established Cephalon Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine & Epidemiology.

He is a cardiovascular physician, a clinical epidemiologist and a public health expert. After his medical degree in Naples, he moved to Britain where he trained at Charing Cross Hospital, St George’s Hospital Medical School and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London. In 2000 he became Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Primary Care at St George’s, University of London. From 2017-2019 he was President of the British and Irish Hypertension Society.

His main research interests are in the prevention, detection and management of hypertension and its complications of the heart, brain, kidneys and the circulation. His research interests are the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, nutrition and health, metabolic abnormalities and cardiovascular risk, risk in ethnic minorities, both in developed and developing countries.

Bernard Cheung, Sun Chieh Yeh Heart Foundation Professor in Cardiovascular Therapeutics
Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong

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Bernard Cheung graduated from the University of Cambridge. He was a British Heart Foundation Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge before taking up lectureships in Sheffield and Hong Kong. In 2007-2009, he held the chair in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Birmingham. He heads the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Department of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong. He is an Honorary Consultant Physician of Queen Mary Hospital and the Medical Director of the Phase 1 Clinical Trials Centre. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Postgraduate Medical Journal. Prof Cheung’s main research interest is in cardiovascular diseases and risk factors, including hypertension and the metabolic syndrome. Bernard Cheung is also International Society of Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (ISCP) Governor for Hong Kong. ISCP Governors act as representatives for different countries worldwide to encourage local participation and contribute to the ISCP’s educational programmes.

Ali Crewe-Smith  Chartered Physiotherapist
Impact Physiotherapy + Sports Injury Clinics, Warwickshire, UK

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Ali Crewe-Smith is a Senior Physiotherapist in the UK National Health Service and has a specialist interest in rehabilitation and health promotion. She leads the education and exercise groups for osteoarthritis of the knee and hip, and is especially interested in the lower limb. Her other job within the NHS is leading a project to support newly qualified staff entering the NHS involving mentoring and coaching.

She has always been involved in sports, whether playing, competing, or supporting it in a medical capacity. She also teaches exercises classes at her local gym. She has volunteered at many national events including the British Transplant Games, The UK School Games and is a member of the Physiotherapy volunteer team at the London Marathon.

Michael Lean
Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Glasgow

Mike Lean MA, MB, BChir, MD (Cambridge), FRCP (Edinb), FRCPS (Glasgow), FRSE holds the chair of Human Nutrition, based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where he is also a consultant physician with NHS responsibilities for an acute medical ward and emergency receiving duties.  His primary training was in Medicine, completing a Cambridge MA degree in History and Philosophy of Science. Medical undergraduate training was at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and postgraduate training mainly in Aberdeen and Cambridge.  He received research training as an MRC Clinical Scientist for 4 years at the MRC and University of Cambridge Dunn Nutrition Laboratories, and on a Leverhulme Scholarship to the University of Colorado in Denver, in 2003.  He has held Visiting and Adjunct Professorships at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen; the University of Otago, New Zealand (currently) and at University of Sydney, Australia (also currently).  He was a non-executive director of the Health Education Board of Scotland for 8 years, and chaired the UK Food Standards Agency Advisory Committee on Research.  He was awarded the Diabetes UK Rank Nutrition Lectureship UK in 2013 and the Banting Memorial Lectureship in 2020, the Tenovus Medal for Research in 2017, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (National Academy of Scotland) in 2018.

Donald Singer, Physician and Pharmacologist
Chair of healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust, London, UK


Donald Singer is is a Clinical Pharmacologist interested in new approaches to personalising medicine and in public understanding of health and drugs. He is President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. He trained  in renal medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London and went on to become a clinician and researcher at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, St George’s Medical School, Imperial College at Harefield and Warwick Medical School. He has also worked as a clinical pharmacologist for Yale School of Medicine within US-AID and CDC-supported programmes in Rwanda.  @HealthMed

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