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Bernard Keavney, MD
Professor of Cardiology
Institute of Human Genetics
Email: b.d.keavney@newcastle.ac.uk
Phone: 44 191 241 8615

Bernard Keavney qualified in Medicine from Oxford University in 1988.  Following general medical training he was an MRC Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Medicine in Oxford 1993-1996, where he trained in genetic epidemiology.  He completed training in clinical cardiology and undertook postdoctoral scientific training in Oxford 1997-2000.  He moved to Newcastle University as Senior Lecturer in 2001, and was appointed Professor of Cardiology in 2006.  In 2008, Keavney was awarded a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Personal Chair in Cardiology at Newcastle.  His research focus is the genetic epidemiology of complex cardiovascular disease, where he has contributed both to the identification of robust associations between various genetic polymorphisms and disease, and to the development of now widely adopted methodologies (notably “Mendelian randomization”).   Keavney is committed to the training of junior basic scientists and medical research fellows and has supervised many basic science and clinical research training fellows during his career. He is a member of the UK Medical Research Council (MRC)’s Clinical Research Training Panel, which is responsible for allocating MRC support at all levels of the clinical scientist training ladder throughout UK biomedicine (2007-2011), and the British Heart Foundation’s Fellowships Committee which serves a similar function in cardiovascular medicine. Keavney has a strong track record of productive national and international collaborations.  He has contributed to genetic analyses of the ISIS-3 case-control study, genetic analyses of the INTERHEART and EpiDREAM cohorts, and is presently a joint PI of the Wellcome Trust Case-Control Consortium’s third call for genomewide association studies (Topic: Congenital heart disease; 5 centres involved), the EU FP6 Integrated Project “HeartRepair”, and the EU FP7 Project “CHeartED”.  Keavney was a member of the UK Biobank Science Committee which developed the protocol for the UK Biobank Project 2004-2006, and since 2007 has served on the UK Biobank International Scientific Advisory Board (as one of two UK members).  He has undertaken international advisory roles focused on genetic epidemiology for the Dutch Heart Foundation, the French INSERM, the Royal Dutch Academy of Medical Sciences, the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, and the European Union.  In addition to his academic work, Keavney maintains an active practice in Interventional Cardiology within the UK National Health Service, which grounds his work in clinical problems and offers an excellent opportunity to attract talented clinical cardiovascular trainees to science.

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