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Clinical cardiovascular research and public health

Linking clinical cardiovascular research and public health

In this seminar, we will hear from three speakers and three different perspectives. Dr Kearney will take us through her research related to cardiovascular coupling through ageing and hypertension, and her work with public engagement. Dr McDonnell will discuss a number of studies conducted in South Wales, and the importance of clinical research in understanding the cardiovascular risk associated with heart failure patients on mechanical circulatory support. Finally, Dr Yousef will explore clinician and patient perspectives and the real life dilemmas of treating heart failure with mechanical circulatory support.


Dr Maria Kearney, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences.

Dr Kearney has worked as part of the Vascular Physiology Research Group, Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences since 2014. Her research interests include ventricular-arterial interaction, cardiac mechanics, exercise, cancer survivorship and hypertension.


Dr Barry McDonnell, Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Physiology, Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences.

Dr McDonnell is head of the Vascular Physiology Research Group and Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Physiology in the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences at Cardiff Met. He is currently principle investigator on a number of clinical cardiovascular physiology research trials: The ARCADE trial, investigating the impact of chronic obstructive respiratory disease on vascular health; the ACCT study, investigating the impact of ageing and hypertension on vascular health; and the HIT LVAD trial (European Commission funded, Horizon 2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions grant), investigating the impact of Left Ventricular Assist Device implantation on patients with advanced heart failure. Dr McDonnell is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York and an Honorary Research Fellow at Macquarie University, Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Sydney.


Dr Zaheer Yousef, Consultant Cardiologist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Dr Yousef is the clinical lead for heart failure, cardiomyopathies, and heart failure devices (biventricular pacemakers and defibrillators) at the University Hospital of Wales. He has implanted over 1,000 heart failure devices and is a European Society of Cardiology proctor for these procedures. He leads an active research group, has served as the UK Chief investigator of several International clinical trials, and was appointed as a National Institute of Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) fellow in 2011. He has published >50 high impact medical papers and has contributed to several chapters in medical textbooks. Dr Yousef is approved by the Football Association for cardiac screening of elite athletes.

Wednesday 8th March 2017
5.30pm for a 6pm start
Lecture Theatre O0.23, Cardiff School of Management Building, Llandaff Campus.

This seminar is kindly supported by the Rotary Club of Cardiff – City of Llandaff

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