I trained in medicine at the University of Glasgow (BSc MedSci(Hons) 1999 and MBChB 2001). I completed my general medical training in Edinburgh during which time I also gained a MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I then completed my PhD in cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of Glasgow before taking up my current post as a clinical lecturer in cardiology and honorary StR in cardiology in the West of Scotland. I am a member of the heart failure and cardiovascular trials group led by Prof John McMurray. My research interests are heart failure and the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease. I have a particular interest in using routinely collected data to explore the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease. I am also interested in the conduct and analysis of clinical trials. I am involved in a number of clinical trials as a member of the clinical endpoint committee.