Heart Accolade Awarded to Leading University Department
Professor Nilesh Samani, Professor and Head of the
Division of Cardiology at the University of Leicester and Consultant
Cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital Leicester, has been awarded a British Heart
Foundation (BHF) Chair in Cardiology. The new Chair is supported by a £1
million investment from the BHF to fund a range of research studies and clinical
Commenting on this prestigious appointment, Professor
Samani said: “I am honoured to have
been awarded this Chair and delighted that the reputation of cardiovascular
research in Leicester has been acknowledged in this way.
“Cardiovascular research has been a major strength
of the Leicester Medical School since its inception. Its sustained excellence has been recognised in all the Government
Research Assessment Exercises, including in the 2001 RAE, where cardiovascular
research at Leicester received a 5 rating.
“Leicester is one of the few centres in the country
where there is an excellent combination of basic and clinical research in the
cardiovascular field, a reputation we can build on with this award and the
substantial funding that comes with the Chair.”
Professor Sir Charles George, Medical Director at the
British Heart Foundation said: “We are
delighted to welcome Professor Samani to the BHF family following many years of
outstanding research into hypertension and its relationship to coronary heart
disease. He will be a great ambassador
for the Foundation, helping us to increase our understanding of the causes of
CHD and its improved treatment.”
charity supports 30 BHF professors in the UK who are leading figures in heart
research and is the largest independent funder. The Foundation also plays an
important role in funding education, both of the public and of health
professionals, and in providing life-saving cardiac equipment and support for
rehabilitation and patient care.
Professor Samani is to head the University’s newly
formed Department of Cardiovascular Sciences following restructuring of the
School of Medicine which will take place in August.
existing structure of the Medical School will be replaced by five departments:
Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine; Cardiovascular Sciences; Health
Sciences; Infection, Immunity and Inflammation; and Medical and Social Care
Education. This new structure will help
departments maximise their research strengths and take into account the
increasingly inter-disciplinary nature of research projects and resources.
It will also encourage reciprocal research planning arrangements with the
NHS. The newly formed Department of Cardiovascular Sciences will include some
forty academic staff drawn from a range of clinical areas with a common interest
in this vital area of medical research.
For more information please contact:
Professor Nilesh Samani, Head of Division of
Cardiology, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 256 3021, fax 0116 287 5792,
email firstname.lastname@example.org Or Caroline Beswick from
the British Heart Foundation (BHF) on 020 7642 0284 or call the BHF press office
on 020 7487 7178.
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