Professor Bennett trained in Cardiology in Birmingham and Cambridge. He was awarded one of the very first BHF 7-year Clinician Scientist Fellowships in 1990 and undertook research training at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories, London, studying vascular smooth muscle cell division and cell death in atherosclerosis and arterial injury. This was followed by a post-doctoral position in Seattle, USA, and later award of a BHF Senior Fellowship in 1997. He currently holds the British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Cambridge, with Honorary Consultant Cardiologist positions at Addenbrooke’s and Papworth Hospitals, and heads the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in Cambridge. His major research interests are the vascular biology of atherosclerosis and imaging of vulnerable plaques. His work has identified the mechanisms by which human vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) undergo apoptosis and cell senescence in atherosclerosis, the validity of VH-IVUS to identify high-risk plaques. Professor Bennett has published widely on these subjects, and is currently on the editorial board of Circulation Research and Heart. In 2007 he was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences and is the current Chairman of the British Atherosclerosis Society.
Wednesday 29 May 11:00
Mitochondrial function in atherosclerosis
Celluar metabolism in atherosclerosis and diabetes