Following various general medical training posts I was appointed British Heart Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham where the research for my MD thesis was undertaken into aspects of the relationship between alcohol consumption and blood pressure.
In 1985 I was appointed Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, moving in 1989 to the University of Leicester as Senior Lecturer in Medicine for the Elderly. In 1993 I was appointed Chair in Medicine for the Elderly at the University of Leicester, moving to the University of East Anglia in October 2006 as the Foundation Chair in Ageing & Stroke Medicine.
My main research interests are centred on cerebrovascular disease, hypertension and cardiovascular risk, cardiovascular physiology and physiology of ageing as well as cardiovascular causes of syncope. Recent research has focused on the relation between cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment in relation to changes in neurovascular coupling.
I have been Principle Investigator in two NIHR and Stroke Association funded large multi-centre UK based trials of the management of blood pressure in acute stroke and currently hold a Programme Grant from the BHF and Stroke Association looking at BP variability post-stroke. I am a member of the British Hypertension Society’s and Joint British Societies Cardiovascular Risk Guidelines committees and have received funding from several medical funding bodies including the MRC, BHF, Stroke Association, Diabetes UK and Alzheimer’s Society as well as Deputy Editor of Age and Ageing sit on several grant awarding bodies.