- Professor of Cardiology and Imaging (Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences)
Professor Colin Berry is a Scottish Senior Fellow and holds a Chair in Cardiology in the University of Glasgow. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and Western Infirmary, Glasgow. His subspecialty interests are Interventional Cardiology and Imaging. Professor Berry jointly founded the Scottish Heart Disease Research Collaboration and the Scottish Cardiovascular Imaging Network.
His research focuses on injury and repair pathways in heart attack and heart failure. His group's research seeks to better understand the nature of heart muscle injury, including causes, consequences, and health outcomes in the longer term. A current focus is heart muscle bleeding after a heart attack. His research uses novel research technologies such as MRI and coronary "pressure wires" and current and future studies are aimed to identify new treatments (such as stem cells) which may help patients who have had a heart attack.
His research has been supported by the British Heart Foundation, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, Chief Scientist Office, Medical Research Scotland, Scottish Funding Council and Wellcome Trust.
Professor Berry undertook undergraduate medical studies at the University of Glasgow (1987-1993) and completed an intercalated science degree (Maîtrise, Physiology) at the University of Paris (1989-1990). He was awarded a PhD at the University of Glasgow (2002) in Cardiovascular Science and his studies were supported by a Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellowship.
Professor Berry trained in Cardiology and Internal Medicine (2001-2006) first in Glasgow and then at the Montreal Heart Institute (2005-2006). Whilst in Montreal, he worked in Professor Jean-Claude Tardif's Atherosclerosis Research Group and used coronary imaging techniques to study stem cells and coronary artery disease. His research in Montreal was supported by a British Heart Foundation International Fellowship and an International Exchange Award from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. When in Montreal, he became the first British clinician to participate in transcatheter aortic valve replacement. He recently completed post doctoral studies (2007-2009) at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, US National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.