Professor James Leiper Appointed as Associate Medical Director for Research of the British Heart Foundation

Professor James Leiper has been announced as an Associate Medical Director for Research for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

He will start on 1 April 2020 and join the senior research team at the BHF, which sets the charity’s research strategy and oversees its funding of around £100 million in research grants each year.

Professor Leiper said: "it is an honour to be appointed Associate Medical Director for Research at the British Heart Foundation. I am extremely fortunate to be able to combine this role with my position of Professor of Molecular Medicine within SCMH. Taking on this new role has only possible with the fantastic support of Professor Touyz and colleagues within the School"

Professor James Leiper

He will be based at the BHF for most of the week but will continue his research at the University of Glasgow.

Announcing his appointment Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director at the BHF, said: “We are delighted to have James join us as an Associate Medical Director for Research. His broad experience will bring us knowledge and expertise across the broad spectrum of cardiovascular diseases. In particular, James’ background in vascular physiology and translational research, will complement the expertise of the other Associate Medical Directors, Professor Jeremy Pearson, Professor Metin Avkiran and Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan.

“Associate Medical Directors at the BHF play an important role in the UK cardiovascular research ecosystem. In addition to overseeing our research funding and developing our strategy for supporting cardiovascular research, they provide an important source of advice and support to the research community. I have every confidence that James will fulfil these functions admirably.”

Professor Rhian Touyz, Director of the School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Healht (SCMH) at the University of Glasgow, said: "We are very proud to have a member of SCMH take on this very prestigious and important role. James is an outstanding leader and scientist who epitomises everything that the BHF stands for. I know that James will do an outstanding job as Associate Medical Director of the BHF and am thrilled that he will continue his exciting research in Glasgow."

You can find out more about Prof Leiper's new position by reading the BHF's announcement and the University of Glasgow's coverage below: 

BHF Announcement:

University of Glasgow story:

First published: 19 February 2020