UofG Professor scoops top cardiology awards

Professor John McMurray, Professor of Cardiology at the University’s Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, has received two prestigious awards for services in his field.

The Mackenzie Medal, which is awarded by the British Cardiovascular Society, was given to Prof McMurray in recognition of his outstanding service to British Cardiology. He received one of the two medals given out each year by the Society at their Annual Conference in June.

Prof McMurray is also the recipient of the Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases, which is awarded each year by McGill University, Montreal. This international award recognises outstanding research in the field of circulatory diseases by a scientific investigator, or group of investigators, whose contribution to knowledge in this field is deemed worthy of special recognition.

Prof McMurray said: “I am delighted and proud to receive both these recognitions which also reflect the sterling work of many of my friends, colleagues and collaborators locally, nationally and internationally.

Both the Mackenzie Medal and Lucian Award are highly valued honours in the field of cardiology. I look forward to visiting McGill University in due course and collaborating with them to further our research in this field.”

Prof McMurray’s primary research interests are in heart failure, coronary heart disease, atrial fibrillation and the cardiovascular consequences of diabetes and chronic kidney disease, with a focus on clinical trials and epidemiology.
His main research activity is clinical trials and he is, or was, the principal investigator, member of the executive committee or steering committee member in a number of large trials in his areas of interest.

Prof McMurray is currently Professor of Medical Cardiology and Deputy Director (Clinical) of the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences and honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

He is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association as well as the medical Royal Colleges in Edinburgh and Glasgow and the Royal Society of Edinburgh and UK Academy of Medical Sciences.

He has lectured widely and won several awards, including the Stokes Medal of the Irish Cardiac Society. In June 2015, Professor John McMurray and Professor Salim Yusuf (McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario, Canada) were jointly awarded the 8th Arrigo Recordati International Prize for Scientific Research (for outstanding contributions in secondary prevention and risk reduction strategies in patients with cardiovascular diseases).

Professor McMurray served as the inaugural Eugene Braunwald Scholar in Cardiovascular Disease at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and visiting Professor of Medicine, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts USA 2010/2011. He is immediate Past-President of the Heart Failure Association of the ESC.

In 2013, Professor McMurray was identified as one of the 400 most influential biomedical researchers in the world and the only cardiovascular researcher on this list from the UK. He has also been included in the 2014 and 2016 Highly Cited Researchers listing and one of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014 by Thomson Reuters.

Enquiries: ali.howard@glasgow.ac.uk or elizabeth.mcmeekin@glasgow.ac.uk // 0141 330 6557 or 0141 330 4831

First published: 14 September 2017