Dr Aimee Drane



Lecturer in Cardiovascular Physiology

Telephone number: 029 2041 6534


Aimee is a lecturer in Cardiovascular Physiology within the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences. She specialises in the clinical assessment of cardiovascular disease and particularly the use of cardiac ultrasound. Her research focuses upon cardiovascular physiology and disease in humans and animals. She currently manages the International Primate Heart Project (IPHP) which is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Veterinarians, Cardiac Physiologists and Cardiologists established to further our knowledge of cardiac disease in great ape populations. In addition to clinically minded research Aimee is also interested in comparative cardiovascular physiology, specifically understanding the evolution of the human heart.

Research / Publications


Refereed Academic Journal Articles

I have a total of >20 publications that can be viewed on Pubmed here. A selection of which are provided below.

Drane AL, Calvi T, Feltrer Y, Curry BA, Tremblay JC, Milnes EL, Stöhr EJ, Howatson G, Oxborough D, Stembridge M, Shave R. The influence of anesthesia with and without medetomidine on cardiac structure and function in sanctuary captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). J Zoo Wildl Med. 2021 Sep;52(3):986-996. doi: 10.1638/2020-0024.

Shave, R. E., Lieberman, D. E., Drane, A. L., Brown, M. G., Batterham, A. M., Worthington, S., Atencia, R., Feltrer, Y., Neary, J. & Weiner, R. B. 2019. Selection of endurance capabilities and the trade-off between pressure and volume in the evolution of the human heart. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116, 19905-19910. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1906902116 

Morrison B, Mohammad A, Oxborough D, Somauroo J, Lindsay S, Drane AL, Shave R, George K. The 12-lead electrocardiogram of the elite female footballer as defined by different interpretation criteria across the competitive season. Eur J Sport Sci. 2021 Aug 22:1-9. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2021.1966103.

Stembridge M, Hoiland RL, Williams AM, Howe CA, Donnelly J, Dawkins TG, Drane A, Tymko MM, Gasho C, Anholm J, Simpson LL, Moore JP, Bailey DM, MacLeod DB, Ainslie PN. The influence of hemoconcentration on hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction in acute, prolonged, and lifelong hypoxemia. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2021 Oct 1;321(4):H738-H747. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.00357.2021. Epub 2021 Aug 27.

Willie CK, Patrician A, Hoiland RL, Williams AM, Gasho C, Subedi P, Anholm J, Drane A, Tymko MM, Nowak-Flück D, Plato S, McBride E, Varoli G, Binsted G, Eller LK, Reimer RA, MacLeod DB, Stembridge M, Ainslie PN. Influence of iron manipulation on hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction and pulmonary reactivity during ascent and acclimatization to 5050 m. J Physiol. 2021 Mar;599(5):1685-1708. doi: 10.1113/JP281114. Epub 2021 Feb 3.

Aimee L. Drane, Rebeca Atencia Stephen-Mark Cooper, Pablo Rodriguez, Carlos Sanchez, Sarah Simcox, Yedra Feltrer, Bruce Peck, Jaclyn Eng, Sophie Moittie, Steve Unwin, Glyn Howaston, PhD; David Oxborough, PhD, Mike Stembridge, PhD; Rob Shave, PhD. The influence of age and sex upon cardiac structure and function in wild-born captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Am J Vet Res. 2019 Jun;80(6):547-557. doi: 10.2460/ajvr.80.6.547.

Stembridge M, Williams AM, Gasho C, Dawkins TG, Drane A, Villafuerte FC, Levine BD, Shave R, Ainslie PN. The overlooked significance of plasma volume for successful adaptation to high altitude in Sherpa and Andean natives. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Aug 13;116(33):16177-16179. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1909002116. Epub 2019 Jul 29

Drane AL, Shave R, Routh A, Barbon A. An exploratory investigation of echocardiographic parameters and the effects of posture on cardiac structure and function in the Livingstone's fruit bat (Pteropus livingstonii). Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2018 Jan;59(1):89-97. doi: 10.1111/vru.12539. Epub 2017 Sep 6.

Atencia R, Stöhr EJ, Drane AL, Stembridge M, Howatson G, Del Rio PRL, Feltrer Y, Tafon B, Redrobe S, Peck B, Eng J, Unwin S, Sanchez CR, Shave RE. Heart rate and indirect blood pressure responses to four different field anesthetic protocols in wild-born captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). J Zoo Wildl Med. 2017 Sep;48(3):636-644. doi: 10.1638/2016-0181.1.

Killick R, Barbon AR, Barrows M, Routh A, Saunders R, Day C, Studies PGCEA, Naylor A, Hayward N, Sewell D, Borgeat K, Drane AL, Wilkie L. Medical management of dilated cardiomyopathy in livingstone fruit bats ( pteropus livingstonii). J Zoo Wildl Med. 2017 Dec;48(4):1077-1080. doi: 10.1638/2016-0211.1.

Barbon AR, Glendewar G, Drane AL, Shave R, Routh A. Sevoflurane anesthesia in livingstone's fruit bats (Pteropus livingstonii). J Zoo Wildl Med. 2017 Dec;48(4):1081-1085. doi: 10.1638/2017- 0047R1.1.

Pedlar CR, Brown MG, Shave RE, Otto JM, Drane A, Michaud-Finch J, Contursi M, Wasfy MM, Hutter A, Picard MH, Lewis GD, Baggish AL.J. Cardiovascular response to prescribed detraining among recreational athletes. Appl Physiol (1985). 2018 Apr 1;124(4):813-820. doi:10.1152/japplphysiol.00911.2017. Epub 2017 Dec 6.

van Mil AC, Pearson J, Drane AL, Cockcroft JR, McDonnell BJ, Stöhr EJ. Interaction between left ventricular twist mechanics and arterial haemodynamics during localised, non-metabolic hyperaemia with and without blood flow restriction. Exp Physiol. 2016 Apr;101(4):509-20. doi: 10.1113/EP085623. Epub 2016 Mar 2.


Teaching and Supervision

Aimee contributes to Physiology and Health modules at under/postgraduate level, leading the Masters Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology Module. Aimee is currently supervising PhD students studying in Cardiovascular and Comparative Physiology. Her clinical background leaves her well placed to offer students a range of expertise in Cardiology, Exercise Physiology and Cardiovascular Health. She supports students to learn a plethora of cardiac diagnostic tests from the electrocardiogram through to echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound).

Qualifications and Awards

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