Professor Colin Berry
Professor Colin Berry is a Scottish Senior Fellow and holds a Chair in Cardiology and Imaging in the University of Glasgow. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and Western Infirmary, Glasgow. His subspecialty interests are Interventional Cardiology and Imaging. Professor Berry jointly founded the Scottish Heart Disease Research Collaboration and the Scottish Cardiovascular Imaging Network.
His research focuses on injury and repair pathways in heart attack and heart failure. His group's research seeks to better understand the nature of heart muscle injury, including causes, consequences, and health outcomes in the longer term. A current focus is heart muscle bleeding after a heart attack. His research uses novel research technologies such as MRI and coronary "pressure wires" and current and future studies are aimed to identify new treatments (such as stem cells) which may help patients who have had a heart attack.
His research has been supported by the British Heart Foundation, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, Chief Scientist Office, Medical Research Council UK, Medical Research Scotland, Scottish Funding Council and Wellcome Trust.
Professor Berry undertook undergraduate medical studies at the University of Glasgow (1987-1993) and completed an intercalated science degree (Maîtrise, Physiology) at the University of Paris (1989-1990). He was awarded a PhD at the University of Glasgow (2002) in Cardiovascular Science and his studies were supported by a Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellowship.
Henry Dargie is a consultant cardiologist at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Glasgow – the newly established West of Scotland Heart and Lung Institute – where he is the Director of the Advanced Heart Failure Service. Previously he was a consultant cardiologist at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow where he developed the non-invasive imaging service, initially using echocardiography and nuclear cardiology and, most recently, using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR).
He has instituted or facilitated research and clinical studies within several areas of cardiovascular disease through the establishment of the Glasgow Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Unit at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, from monies raised entirely from charitable sources. Most recently, he has been involved in establishing the new clinical magnetic resonance imaging scanner at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, where his particular interest is in CMR in advanced heart failure.
A past Chairman of the British Cardiac Society's Committee on Guidelines and Medical Practice and of the British Society for Heart Failure, he is currently the Chairman-Elect of the BSCMR, of which he was a founding member. Through clinical, research and political channels he seeks the advancement of CMR as a routine clinical investigation and as a research tool in a multidisciplinary setting within the NHS.
John Greenwood is Senior Lecturer at Leeds University & Consultant Cardiologist at Leeds General Infirmary. He trained in cardiac MR in Leeds and at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London.
Cardiac MR is his main sub-specialty interest, providing a large clinical service to West Yorkshire (and beyond) for both complex congenital and acquired adult heart disease. He has a major commitment to cardiac MR research, predominantly in ischaemic heart disease, and is in receipt of research funding from the British Heart Foundation, Medical Research Council and Heart Research UK.
Dr Francisco Leyva
Dr Francisco Leyva qualified in 1987 from the University of Manchester. He was trained at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, and is now a Consultant Cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, and Reader in Cardiology at the University of Birmingham.
His specialist interests include cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging and cardiac device therapy (cardiac resynchronisation therapy, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators). He has been a clinical advisor to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the national guidelines for heart failure, cardiac devices and drug therapy. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) and the American College of Cardiology (FACC), and is Chair of the Health Economics Group of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA).
He leads a research group on cardiovascular magnetic resonance in cardiac device therapy (cardiac resynchronisation therapy, pacemakers and defibrillators), cardiomyopathies and heart failure at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the University of Birmingham.
Dr Gerry McCann
Gerry McCann is a Consultant Cardiologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University Hospitals of Leicester having been appointed in 2005. He is currently undertaking a full-time research fellowship funded by the National Institute of Health Research. Gerry is a graduate of the University of Glasgow where he also undertook postgraduate training and doctoral research in cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Cardiology training included periods in Glasgow, New Zealand and Leicester before completing a fellowship in Cardiac MRI (CMR) at the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam under the supervision of Prof. van Rossum. The CMR service at Leicester is run in conjunction with 5 radiologists and more than 2000 scans are performed per annum. Dr McCann directs a very active research programme with funding from the British Heart Foundation, MRC and the National Institute of Health Research with work focusing on acute MI, stable chest pain and aortic stenosis.
Dr James Moon is Director of the CMR Department at the Heart Hospital, London, which he founded. He is a graduate of Cambridge and Oxford Universities and completed his MD in CMR at Brompton Hospital on 'Myocardial tissue characterisation by CMR'. He won the ESC and Siemens young CMR investigator awards and has published more than 50 cardiology papers, mainly using CMR.
James is a senior lecturer in CMR at UCL and a consultant cardiologist. He is also a board member of SCMR and is the editor of the SCMR website, responsible for recent innovations there including, amongst others, the online case of the week, more than 100 recorded lectures from conferences and the 'how I do' series of presentations. Recently he co-founded London CMR.
Charles Peebles is a consultant cardiac radiologist at Southampton University Hospitals Trust where he is clinical lead for cardiothoracic radiology. He trained at Southampton, Papworth Hospital, and Green Lane Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.
His main areas of interest are CMR and cardiac CT. Southampton has a busy clinical CMR unit with a case mix covering paediatric and adult congenital heart disease, ischaemic heart disease and other acquired heart disease. Charles has a longstanding interest in developing training and education in cardiac imaging and has been a previous President of the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging.
Professor Reza Razavi is Professor of Paediatric Cardiovascular Sciences at KCL and an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Cardiology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is Director of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Cardiac MR service which has a focus on children and adults with congenital heart disease.
Dr Mark Westwood is the Clinical Lead for CMR at the London Chest Hospital, London. He completed his MD in CMR at the Royal Brompton Hospital on the role of myocardial T2* imaging and the detection of cardiac iron loading. He has developed the CMR service at the London Chest Hospital into one of the largest CMR perfusion services in the UK. He recently co-founded London CMR.
Nick Bellenger is Director of Cardiology at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RDE). He is an interventional cardiologist contributing to the 24/7 heart attack centre and lead cardiologist for cardiac MRI and coronary CT. He developed the CMR centre at RDE that now performs 1000 CMRs for 8 referring trusts on two new Siemens 1.5 T scanners with a fully integrated cardiology/radiology team. He has an active research interest supervising PhD and MD fellows and provides a fully funded 12/12 clinical fellowship to train senior registrars in CMR and CT. He holds a senior lecturers position at the Peninsular Medical School.
Nick Bellenger obtained both medical/surgical and psychology degrees at University of London and an MD in CMR at The National Heart and Lung Institute, London that included attachments in America. After completing higher cardiology clinical training in London and Wessex he completed an interventional cardiology fellowship in Southampton, prior to obtaining his consultant position in Exeter.