Welcome to the BHI Newsletter Autumn 2021

Professor Andy Judge, Head of Section for Cardiovascular Surgery and Vascular Biology, reflects on recent successes.

With the new academic year underway, we welcome our new cohorts of postgraduate taught master’s degree students for the MSc in Perfusion Science and the MSc in Translational Cardiovascular Medicine (TCM). The teaching sessions are now back in person for the campus based TCM students and Perfusion students, and our student numbers are good.

I’m pleased to report that the labs, which closed for three months at the start of the pandemic, have been open since June 2020. Staff are gradually returning to the office at Level 7 of the BRI as the University has launched its blended working trial policy, and we are now seeing more staff in both the labs and offices.

Within our section for Cardiovascular Surgery and Vascular Biology at the University, we are delighted to have been able to appoint staff to new posts. Dr Kerry Wadey has been appointed as Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine on an open-ended core funded post. Francesco Paneni has been appointed as a Professor in Cardiology and Tom Johnson as an Associate Professor in Cardiology and they are expected to begin working with us at the start of 2022.

A number of staff in our section have had success following the annual University promotions procedure. Jason Johnson has been promoted to Professor of Cardiovascular Pathology, and Umberto Benedetto becomes Professor of Cardiac Surgery. Staff from the Teaching and
Learning for Health Professionals (TLHP) programme have recently joined our department of Translational Health Sciences and come under
the umbrella of our cardiovascular section, where we are delighted to congratulate Andrew Blythe on being promoted to Professor of Medical Education in this year’s annual promotion procedure.

Huge congratulations to all those recently promoted: we wish them continued success in their careers.

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