Dr Joseph Boyle

University of Glasgow Tenovus Medal Lecture 2014

Cardiovascular Inflammation: To The Heart of The Problem

The 2014 University of Glasgow Tenovus-Scotland Symposium was held in the Wolfson Medical School on 15 September. This year’s symposium was a joint initiative between the Institutes of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences and Infection, Immunity & Inflammation to promote collaborative interactions in the cardiovascular inflammation area. The meeting was attended by over 100 delegates, with presentations from internationally renowned basic and clinician scientists from Glasgow and other UK centres of excellence in cardiovascular research. These included the host Institutes’ Directors Professors Rhian Touyz and Iain McInnes, Dr Gillian Gray (Edinburgh), Dr Jason Johnson (Bristol) and Professor Ziad Mallat (Cambridge). Subjects ranged from a discussion of clinical links between rheumatoid arthritis and vascular dysfunction through to elegant studies of the molecular basis of inflammation in several models of cardiovascular disease. The multidisciplinary nature of the symposium made for a successful event and an extremely engaging day of science.

The symposium concluded with the presentation of the 2014 Tenovus Medal to Dr Joseph Boyle, a British Heart Foundation Senior Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College, London. Joe carried out both his Pharmacology and Medical degrees at the University in the late 1980s before achieving great success as an independent clinician scientist. A very deserving winner of the Tenovus Medal, Joe gave a stimulating presentation on his work examining how macrophages can trigger vascular dysfunction, and how these mechanisms could potentially be exploited to improve anti-inflammatory therapeutics for cardiovascular diseases.