Two Glasgow researchers awarded fellowships to take expertise to Harvard

Two researchers within the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre have secured research opportunities at Harvard University in the United States.

Professor John McMurray, professor of cardiology, has become the first-ever recipient of The Eugene Braunwald Endowment for the Advancement of Cardiovascular Discovery and Care – and will take up a one-year research post at the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, while Dr Sandosh Padmanabhan, clinical senior lecturer, has received a travel scholarship worth £95,000 from the BHF and will spend one year at Harvard University to broaden his knowledge and start collaborations in the genetics of hypertension.

Dr Padmanabhan is currently working on a BHF Intermediate Fellowship in hypertension pharmacogenetics and also runs the Glasgow Blood Pressure Clinic.

Regius Professor of Medicine, Anna Dominiczak, Head of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, said: “These are two very prestigious appointments at one of the world’s top universities and reflects the quality of the researchers at Glasgow and the demand for their expertise.

“I am delighted that both Professor McMurray and Dr Padmanabhan have the opportunity to further their knowledge and research at Harvard while contributing their own skills.”

Prof McMurray and Dr Padmanabhan will travel to the US later this year.

For more information contact Stuart Forsyth in the University of Glasgow Media Relations Office on 0141 330 4831 or email

First published: 9 March 2010

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