Senior Investigator Profile

First NameGary
Award StatusEmeritus
Current PostChief Executive Officer
DepartmentOxford Academic Health Science Network
InstitutionOxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
NHS TrustOxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
Region NameSouth East
Primary Research FieldPharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Secondary Research FieldGeriatrics & Gerontology
BiographyProfessor Ford is Chief Executive of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, Consultant Stroke Physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Visiting Professor in Clinical Pharmacology, Oxford University. He is a graduate of Clare College, Cambridge University and Kings College Hospital Medical School, London. He undertook a Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship at Stanford University, California and was a recipient of an American Federation of Aging Research Fellowship in Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology. He returned to the UK and established a comprehensive stroke service in Newcastle in 1992. He developed the first thrombolysis protocol for acute stroke in England. He chaired the Emergency Response working group of the English Stroke Strategy and is Coordinator for England of the Safe Implementation of Thrombolysis in Stroke (SITS) database. He has been involved in many service innovations in UK stroke care in the last 20 years. He developed the Face Arm Speech Test (FAST) now used to increase public and professional awareness of stroke and Recognition of Stroke in the Emergency Room (ROSIER) scale. He is an NIHR Senior Investigator with research interests in interventions to improve early diagnosis of stroke and increase access of stroke patients to acute stroke therapies. He leads a multidisciplinary NIHR programme of clinical researchers examining optimal methods to deliver hyper acute stroke therapies across the NHS. In 2005 he was appointed Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Stroke Research Network. He was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List for services to research in stroke medicine.

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