Senior Investigator Profile

First NameHugh
Award StatusEmeritus
Current PostHead of Department
DepartmentRadcliffe Department of Medicine
Telephone01865 234657
InstitutionUniversity of Oxford
NHS TrustOxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
Region NameSouth Central
Primary Research FieldCardiology & Cardiovascular Disease
Secondary Research FieldGenetics & Heredity
BiographyHugh Watkins is the Field Marshal Alexander Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford. He is Head of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Honorary Consultant in Cardiology at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.  Professor Watkins directs the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at Oxford, one of four such programmes in the UK. His expertise is in molecular genetic analysis of cardiovascular disease as a tool to define disease mechanisms and to improve diagnosis and treatment of patients and families with inherited diseases. He is best known for his work on inherited heart muscle diseases, in particular hypertrophic cardiomyopathy where his work has led to the idea that energy compromise is a key disease mechanism. His work on genetic causes of ‘sudden cardiac death’ syndromes has been translated into clinical practice as part of a Department of Health funded Genetics Knowledge Park, leading to commissioning of a national DNA diagnostic service. He also investigates susceptibility genes for coronary artery disease.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and is Associate Editor of Circulation Research. 

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