Department of Cardiovascular Sciences

Frailty Sarcopenia and Chronic Conditions

Meet our Team


Mahmoud Loubani - Moderator Mahmoud Loubani is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since April 2009. He is also Honorary Professor Hull York Medical School, Yorkshire Cardiothoracic Surgery Training Programme Director, the NIHR Yorkshire and the Humber CRN Lead for Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of Research and Development for his Trust. He is currently the Adult Cardiac Lead in the SCTS Academic and Research Subcommittee. Mahmoud is a graduate of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical School and completed an MD during a period of research in Leicester before joining the West Midlands Cardiothoracic Training Programme. He has an interest in both basic science and clinical research and has supervised a number of postgraduate degrees.

Iain Squire - ModeratorIain Squire qualified in Medicine from Glasgow University, UK in 1987. His early training took place in Glasgow, where he held position as Lecturer, and completed MD studies in to the haemodynamic and neurohumoral response to initiation of ACE inhibition in patients with heart failure. He was appointed as Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Leicester in 1995, and as Senior Lecturer in 1998. A personal Professorial Chair was awarded in 2009.

Professor Squire is Consultant Physician at the University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust where his clinical responsibilities include a 19-bed coronary care unit at Glenfield General Hospital, a busy tertiary cardiology centre. With colleagues Professor Squire runs an out-patient heart failure service which includes an urgent heart failure service, a nurse-led clinic and an in-patient service which includes a 27-bed heart failure unit and seven specialist nurses led by an advanced nurse practitioner.

Professor Squire was a Councillor to the British Society for Heart Failure from 2001 to 2003, Treasurer from 2009-2011, Deputy Chair from 2011-2013 and Chair of the Society from 2015-2017. He now Chairs the BSH Research Committee. Professor Squire was a member of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Technology Appraisal Committee A for ten years until 2018, the last 8 of which he was Vice Chair of the Committee. He now Chairs the National Institutes for Cardiac Outcomes Research (NICOR) Data Access for Research Committee.

His research interests include: natriuretic peptides and other cardiac biomarkers; the epidemiology of heart failure; prognostic markers in heart failure and acute coronary syndromes; and the influence of glycaemia and diabetes on prognosis in coronary artery disease. Iain has authored over 200 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and several book chapters.

Health Services Researcher

Laura Gray - moderator Laura Gray is a medical statistician with an interest in designing trials, especially those using cluster randomisation or those testing complex interventions. The majority of her work is in long term conditions, particularly the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. She hopes her methodological expertise will be of benefit to the initiative. 

Patient and Public Representative

Phil CollisPhil Collis lives with CVD and is experienced working with patient groups and organisations including British Heart Foundation, European Heart Network, and the National Institute for Health Research. Phil works to ensure people affected by CVD have access to evidence-based information and the opportunity to influence CVD research. Phil also acts as a patient advisor with the Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes Research Centre based at Birmingham University.

Gil Wheeler - PPI Member

Gil 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.

Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network Representative

Abdul Badran 
Abdul Badran is a Cardiothoracic Surgery Registrar in the South of England as well as the national trainee representative for the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons.  He has a keen interest in cohort studies as well as genetic and epigenetic markers of disease.  He is currently part of the Cardiothoracic Interdisciplinary Research Network (CIRN) and exploring the impact of patient frailty in cardiothoracic disease.

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