Brian Walker

Pro Vice Chancellor, Research Strategy & Resources, Newcastle University


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Brian Walker was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor for Research Strategy & Resources and Chair of Medicine at Newcastle University in 2017. He is a Principal Investigator in the Clinical & Translational Research Institute in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and also an Honorary Professor in Edinburgh Medical School and an Affiliate Member of the BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science, where part of his research group is based.

He was previously Professor of Endocrinology, Head of the 200-strong University/British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Science, Co-Director of the Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track programme, and Dean of Research for the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

A clinical Endocrinologist, his research on steroid hormones in cardiovascular disease is supported by a Wellcome Trust Investigator award and has led to >260 original research papers (h-index >70), a new drug which has reached clinical trials in patients with dementia and another in development for patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia. He has also edited three editions of the iconic textbook Davidson’s Principles & Practice of Medicine and supervised >40 PhD students. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a former Chair of the Wellcome Trust Clinical Interview Committee and BHF Project Grant Committee, and current Chair of the MRC Population & Systems Medicine Board and member of the REF2021 sub-panel for Clinical Medicine.



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