New Pro Vice-Chancellor
25 May 2017
Professor Baxter will take over responsibility for the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences from Professor Dylan Jones who is standing down to focus on his research.
For the past seven years, Professor Baxter has been Head of the School of Pharmacy.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan said: “Professor Baxter is a distinguished academic with an outstanding track record of leading the School of Pharmacy...”
Professor Dylan Jones added: “I am delighted that Professor Gary Baxter is to take over from me as Pro Vice-Chancellor. He will bring to bear the immense experience of running a very successful school over many years. He brings with him a deep understanding of the very wide range of research in the biomedical domain and important insights into training students at all levels but especially for their clinical role and professional responsibilities...”
Professor Baxter said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to lead the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences as its next Pro Vice-Chancellor. Our College is one the largest and most comprehensive faculties of biology, healthcare and medical science in the UK.
“Under the leadership of Professor Dylan Jones, the firm foundations of the College have been laid and we have achieved some outstanding successes. I want us to build on these achievements to secure global recognition for Cardiff as a leading centre of education and research in biological science, biomedicine, clinical practice and health outcomes.
“I am excited as I look forward to working with students, colleagues in the College, academic schools and the University Executive Board. I particularly look forward to engaging with NHS Wales and our many other partners and stakeholders outside the University...”
“It is a privilege to be leading these ambitions on behalf of the University.”
As part of the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Baxter will take responsibility for the overall management and leadership of the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences. He will also play a key role in setting the College’s strategy and direction and in promoting the development of learning, teaching and research excellence.
Professor Baxter originally qualified in pharmacy at the University of Nottingham and The Royal London Hospital. After a period spent in clinical practice in hospitals in East Anglia, he undertook research training in experimental pharmacology. His Ph.D. was awarded in 1992 for research on cardiac rhythm disturbances in hypertension.
A recipient of the British Pharmacological Society's Bowman Prize and the Naranjan Dhalla Prize of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences, Professor Baxter has served as European Secretary of the International Society for Heart Research and on the council of the European Society of Cardiology's Working Group on the Cellular Biology of the Heart, 2004-2009.
After a period spent at the Cape Heart Centre in South Africa, Professor Baxter was appointed Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at UCL in 2000 and then Reader in Cardiovascular Biology at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. Before joining Cardiff University, he was a British Heart Foundation research fellow at the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute and the Department of Physiology, UCL.
Professor Baxter’s research is focused on ischaemic heart disease and its treatment, with special emphasis on the molecular determinants of heart muscle injury during acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). He has published extensively on the roles of chemical signaling mechanisms relevant to the development of treatments to protect heart muscle. In 2009, the higher doctorate (D.Sc.) was conferred by the University of Nottingham for a body of published works on this topic and he was elected to Fellowships of the British Pharmacological Society, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology.
An experienced university teacher, Professor Baxter is also committed to the broad aims of liberal education and has taught a wide range of topics, including aspects of physiology, pharmacology and philosophy of science, to natural sciences, medicine, veterinary science and pharmacy students.