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Cardiometabolic Science

The Cardiometabolic Science Theme encompasses research into obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular risk, metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance, cardiovascular physiology and disease, vascular cell biology, microangiopathies, as well as related clinical trials.

The Theme involves members of the UCL community from the Institute of Cardiovascular Science, the SLMS Divisions and Institutes, and reaches out across the wider UCL expertise to facilitate cutting-edge health science research and delivery.

Advances in Rare and Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Symposium 2017

On Thursday 1 June, over 150 researchers from across UCL and beyond were brought together for the Advances in Rare & Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Symposium, the third international meeting on rare and inherited cardiovascular disease organised by UCL, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

As in previous years, the event brought together international experts in the field to present current and emerging concepts in rare cardiovascular disease with the aim of strengthening existing research partnerships and catalysing new collaborations between basic scientists and clinicians.

We are grateful to our industrial partners at Sanofi Genzyme and Pfizer for supporting the event.

Eminent speakers presented their ground-breaking work, including:

Professor Harry Hemingway (Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Director of the UCL Institute of Health informatics, and Director of Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, London) 

  • Harnessing national electronic records to study rare cardiovascular disease

Dr Lorenzo Monserrat (CEO, Health in Code) 

Professor Aroon Hingorani (Director of the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science, and UCL Professor of Genetic Epidemiology) 

  • Using population cohorts to study cardiovascular genetics

Dr Andrew Martin (Reader in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, UCL Division of Biosciences)

Professor Kristina Djinovic-Carugo (Head of Department, Department of Structural and Computational Biology, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna)

  • Impact of Filamin C mutations at molecular level: integrative structural biology approach

Keynote: Professor Blanca Rodriguez (Professor of Computational Medicine; Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Sciences, University of Oxford)

  • Computational modelling approaches to predict probability of ventricular arrhythmia and targeting of therapy

Professor Eloisa Arbustini (Director of the Centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy)

Dr Paula Longhi (Senior Lecturer and BHF Intermediate Fellow, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London)

  • Dendritic cells and epicardial fat inflammation: implications for cardiovascular disease

Keynote: Professor Sir Mark Pepys FRS (Director, Wolfson Drug Discovery Unit, Centre for Amyloidosis and Acute Phase Proteins, UCL Division of Medicine)

Dr Elaine Murphy (Consultant Adult Inherited Metabolic Disease, Charles Dent Metabolic Unit, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery)

  • The past, present and future of treatments for cardiovascular disease in IEM

Professor David Kelsell (Professor of Human Molecular Genetics, Blizard Institute, Barts and the London Medical School, Queen Mary University of London)

  • Lessons from the skin in arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy

Keynote: Professor Virginia Fuentes (Professor of Veterinary Cardiology, Department of Clinical Science and Services, Royal Veterinary College)

Dr Mohammed Majid Akhtar (Cardiology Specialist Registrar & Cardiomyopathy Clinical Research Fellow, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science)

Dr Richard Collis (Research Fellow in Inherited Cardiovascular Disease, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science)

  • Bags of ectopics; a case of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy

Dr Kostas Savvatis (Consultant Cardiologist and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases Unit, Barts Heart Centre)

Below is a list of UCL researchers who work in the field. Click on their name to find their contact details and more information about their work.


Below is the link to a list of researchers who are currently working in the field of cardiometabolic science research at UCL. Follow the link to find their contact details and more information about their work.

Cardiometabolic Science