Department of Cardiovascular Sciences

Atrial Fibrillation

Meet our Team


Barbara Casadei - ModeratorBarbara Casadei MD, DPhil, FMedSci is a BHF Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford, the Lead of the Cardiovascular Theme of the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and the Immediate Past President of the European Society of Cardiology. Professor Casadei’s research programme focuses on atrial fibrillation and spans from molecular and cellular investigations in human tissue to clinical trials and population studies. In the context of the National Cardiac Surgery Research Trials Initiative Professor Casadei would like to establish a national target discovery programme leading to the development of new agents for the prevention and treatment of AF and its life-threatening consequences, such as stroke and heart failure.

Gianni Angelini was appointed in 1992 to the British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiac Surgery in the University of Bristol, and when the Bristol Heart Institute was opened in October 1995 he became its Head. His main research interests are in saphenous vein bypass graft failure, myocardial protection, blood conservation, coronary artery bypass surgery on the beating heart and arterial revascularisation. In 2008 and again in 2011 he led the successful bid for the NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Cardiovascular Medicine in Bristol and he was appointed as Director. In 2009 he was selected as an NIHR Senior Investigator. In 2011 he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. From 2010 to 2016 Professor Gianni Angelini was Clinical Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Head of Cardiac Surgery in the National Heart and Lung Institute based at the Hammersmith Campus.

Health Service Researchers

  • Barnaby Reeves
  • Chris Rogers

Patient and Public Representative

Gil Wheeler - PPI MemberGil Wheeler since his diagnosis of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy heart condition back in 1990, has been involved with patient engagement and participation roles both at local and national levels learning to both listen and speak up for the patient. Throughout his time with this involvement he has learnt and helped to educate not only other patients but clinical staff as well. He sits on several health service steering groups looking at best practices, data, research, clinical studies and funding for new ideas to supporting the Heart patient now and in the future. He has set up 3 Facebook groups Big heart Club, Patients Voice and Empowering Patients within the NHS.

Anthony Locke - PPI Member Anthony Locke is a member of many patient advisory committees and a volunteer on a number of research projects. He is a public member on the Cardiac Surgery Research Programme Steering Committee at University of Leicester and Cardiovascular BRC as well as being a member of the BHF CRC National PPI Group. 

Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network Representative

George Gradinariu - CIRN representative George Gradinariu is a Cardiothoracic Surgery Trainee based in Scotland. He is the Surgical Trainee Representative in the Scottish Cardiac Society Council. He has been in involved in several collaborative research initiatives within the Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network since 2019 and is looking forward to develop clinically-relevant solutions in order to better predict, prevent and manage atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery.  

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