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I qualified MBBCh from Oxford Medical School in 2002, where I was awarded the Radcliffe Prize for contribution to clinical school life. I trained as a junior doctor in Oxford, Newcastle, Hull and London, and took up my Clinical Lecturer post in Cardiology in Birmingham in March 2011. My interest in preventive cardiology led to a Masters in Public Health at Harvard University in 2004/05, funded by a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship. Epidemiology and evidence-based medicine were the obvious ways to marry my passions for cardiology and public health. I first worked with the Cardiovascular Diseases Division at the World Health Organisation as an intern in 2005, and have continued to work there as a WHO Temporary Advisor.
I completed my DPhil in cardiovascular epidemiology in the Stroke Prevention Research Unit in Oxford, focusing on acute coronary syndromes under Professor Peter Rothwell’s supervision. I was awarded two Early Career Awards by the American Heart Association in 2009 and 2011, and a Young Investigator Award by the European Stroke Conference, Nice in 2008. My research was funded by a NIHR programme grant and I held a Graduate Scholarship in Sciences at St Catherine’s College, Oxford University.
I have over 40 scientific publications, including review articles and book chapters, in the fields of epidemiology, cardiology and global health. I have presented at national and international meetings in cardiology, global health, development and ethics. My epidemiology work has largely focused on the sex-specific effects of family history of myocardial infarction/stroke on risk of future cardiovascular disease and atrial fibrillation. My global health interests are access to medicines and burden of cardiovascular disease in India. I have been Medical Advisor to the Incentives for Global Health since 2006, developing a novel proposal, the Health Impact Fund, which aims to improve access to essential medicines worldwide.
In Oxford, I was Tutor for Clinical Studies at Lady Margaret Hall. I continue to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students. Public engagement in science has developed as an important area of my work. I co-write the popular evidence-based healthcare blog, trusttheevidence.net, which aims to 'unpack' the data and statistics in news stories about health research. I won the "Specialist Factual New Talent" competition at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2012 and am currently making a short film, "The Heart of a Migrant" with the Discovery Channel.
As a clinician scientist and a cardiologist practising in the UK, I will have ongoing global health projects concerning epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases and advisory roles relating to my research and clinical practice. My interests in global health research and in access to medicines have relevance to UK clinical practice, particularly in multi-ethnic populations such as the West Midlands.