Aimee Drane



Manager of the International Primate Heart Project/ Research Assistant (Cardiovascular Physiology)

Telephone number: 029 2041 6534

Aimee currently manages the International Primate Heart Project (IPHP) which is a multidisciplinary collaboration between veterinarians, cardiac physiologists and cardiologists established to better understand cardiac disease in great ape populations. Aimee is also a research assistant in cardiovascular physiology with a particular interest in comparative physiology. Aimee joined Cardiff Met in 2013 from the NHS and her clinical background leaves her well placed to offer expertise in cardiology assisting with cardiovascular teaching of undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students. ​

Research / Publications

My current research is focused upon defining normal cardiac structure and function for great apes. I am particularly interested in Chimpanzees and my PhD is centred upon establishing normal cardiac reference intervals for this endangered species with the main aim of understanding the aetiology of cardiac disease. 

Refereed Academic Journal Articles

van Mil ACCM, Pearson J, Drane AL, Cockcroft JR, McDonnell BJ, Stohr EJ. Interaction between left ventricular twist mechanics and arterial haemodynamics during localised, non-metabolic hyperaemia with and without blood flow restriction. Exp Physiol. 2016;101(4):509-20.

Conference Posters

2015 European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians Conference – Barcelona

Hemodynamic response to three different anaesthetic protocols in wild born captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Shave R, Stohr EJ, Drane AL, Howaston G, Rodriguez P, Sanchez C, Stembridge M, Feltrer Y, Peck B, Eng J, Atencia R. 2015

Echocardiographic parameters in adult wild born captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Drane AL, Rodriguez P, Sanchez C, Stembridge M, Simcox S, Feltrer Y, Peck B , Eng J, Atencia R and Shave R. 2015.

2016 Joint AAZV/EAZWV/IZW Joint conference – Atlanta

Allometric scaling of echocardiographic parameters in wild born captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Drane AL, Batterham A, Rodriguez P, Sanchez C, Stembridge M, Simcox S, Feltrer Y, Peck B , Eng J, Howaston G, Atencia R and Shave R. 2016. 

Teaching and Supervision

I currently contribute to physiology and health modules with expertise gained from my clinical NHS background. I specialise in cardiac ultrasound and offer support to students and colleagues using this technique for research being undertaken in cardiovascular physiology.

Qualifications and Awards

  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc Clinical Physiology
  • British Society of Echocardiography Accreditation ​

External links

​​​​I currently provide an Echocardiography service to Velindre Hospital which supports their busy clinical trials research. I am also involved in a number of UK and international collaborations focused upon comparative physiology and cardiac health in various species.