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Prof Gary F. Baxter  -  B Pharm, MSc, PhD, DSc, MRPharmS, FBPharmacolS, FIBiol, FESC, FAHA,

 Professor Gary Baxter at his desk

I originally qualified in pharmacy at the University of Nottingham (B.Pharm.) and The Royal London Hospital (M.R.Pharm.S.).  After a short period spent in clinical practice in hospitals in East Anglia, I undertook research training in experimental pharmacology in London and Leicester (M.Sc., Ph.D.). My Ph.D., undertaken in the laboratory of Professor Basil Northover, was awarded for studies on modulation of ischaemia- and reperfusion-induced arrhythmias in hypertensive left ventricular hypertrophy. In 2009, the higher doctorate (D.Sc.) was conferred by the University of Nottingham for a body of published works on protective actions of autacoid mediators in ischaemic and reperfused myocardium.

I was previously British Heart Foundation intermediate research fellow, at the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute and the Department of Physiology, UCL, mentored by Professor Derek Yellon. After periods spent in the laboratory of Dr Jim Downey and Dr Michael Cohen at the University of South Alabama Medical College, USA, and with Professor Lionel Opie at the Ischaemic Heart Disease Research Unit in Cape Town, South Africa, I was appointed Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at UCL (2000-2001). I was then promoted to Reader in Cardiovascular Biology at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London (2002-2007) prior to moving to Cardiff University as Professor of Pharmacology in April 2007. In January 2009, I was appointed Director of Research in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences before succeeding Professor Stephen Denyer as Head of School in August 2010.

I was the recipient of the British Pharmacological Society's Bowman Prize in 1996 and the Naranjan Dhalla Prize of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (2011). I have been elected to Fellowships of the Institute of Biology, the British Pharmacological Society, the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology. From 2003 to 2009, I served as European Secretary of the International Society for Heart Research and also served on the council of the European Society of Cardiology’s Working Group on the Cellular Biology of the Heart, 2004-2009. I was previously a member of the College of Experts for the Physiological Systems and Clinical Sciences panel of the Medical Research Council. I have previously served on the editorial boards of several international journals including British Journal of Pharmacology (2000-2003), Pharmacology & Therapeutics (1999-2009), Journal of Molecular & Cellular Cardiology (2008-2010) and currently serve on the Boards of Heart, Basic Research in Cardiology, and Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Gary Baxter playing the organ in St Marys Church Guildford

(AND FINALLY...When I am not working, I am an organ anorak and am either playing the organ, listening to one, or dreaming about pipes, pistons and drawstops. So here are some links related to my passion for the "Wondrous Machine"....)