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About Us

Cardiology Research

Our primary areas of research focus on Heart Failure and Cardiac Intervention such as the introduction of medications, the fitting of devices such as pacemakers and procedures such as aortic aneurysm repair.  Our experience in research has led to our ability to conduct a wide variety of projects ranging from simple national registry and data collection studies to interventional randomised clinical trials.  We are also very fortunate to  have Cardiologists with a wealth of expertise that write, develop and run their own national research studies.  Our exceptional research reputation and ability to deliver quality research has lead to the development of our valued relationships with some of the big international Commercial Pharmaceutical Companies, Charities and Universities.

Over the past 5 years our established team of researchers have run a wide range of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Clinical Research Network (CRN) portfolio and non-portfolio adopted studies.  Our observational and registry studies have collected data as part of initiatives looking at a range of cardiovascular conditions and treatments.  We have completed studies exploring thromboembolic events in atrial fibrillation and the use of anti-thrombotic drugs in this condition as well as looking at aortic aneurysms and the treatment and repair of these.  In addition, we have also run studies looking at the clinical and patient outcomes of those individuals treated with coronary angioplasty (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, PCI) as well as collecting data on the medical practices and treatments in Heart Failure patients.

Our Randomised Clinical Trials look at both Heart Failure and acute coronary episodes such as Myocardial Infarction (heart attack).  These are generally international studies that are happening across Europe or the world in different hospitals.  The studies we undertake of this nature often involve the use of existing or new drugs that haven't yet reached the market place for these conditions.  We also run Randomised Clinical Trials that look at the use of non-drug techniques for Chronic Heart Failure and the  management of these conditions.

Please click here to be taken to the NIHR Be Part of Research website where you can search for research studies that are currently being undertaken in our Speciality at our Trust.

Our Research Team

We have a dedicated Cardiology Research Team based within York Hospital that comprises of two Research Nurses and one Clinical Trials Assistant.  Our team is supported by a Senior Research Nurse for the Trust and our research studies are set up with the assistance of a Research Delivery Facilitator from the Research and Development team.  We also have cardiology research studies running at our Scarborough, Malton and Bridlington Hospitals by our colleagues in the Local Clinical Research Network's (CRN) Generic Research Team.  Click here to be taken to the Generic Research Team's webpage.

Each member of the team are trained to national standards of Good Clinical Practice (GCP).  To help deliver our research the teams benefit from close collaborations with members of the Trust's core cardiac service such as Specialist Nurses, Allied Health Professionals and Imaging Specialists.

Our Consultant Cardiologists are responsible for our research studies and we are fortunate enough to have a Specialist Clinical Research Fellow working closely with our research team.  Our patients also benefit from our good relationships with neighbouring Castle Hill Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary, both regional cardiothoracic centres.

Meet our York Team members

Name, Job Title Email Telephone Number
Yvonne McGill, Research Nurse cardiologyresearch@york.nhs.uk 01904 72 5881
Heidi Redfearn, Research Nurse cardiologyresearch@york.nhs.uk 01904 72 5878
, Clinical Trials Assistant cardiologyresearch@york.nhs.uk 01904 72 5881
Lisa Carr-Knott, Research Delivery Facilitator research.governance@york.nhs.uk 01904 72 5122
Laura Griffiths, Senior Research Nurse laura.Griffiths@York.nhs.uk 01904 72 5125

Our Researchers

Name, Job Title
Dr Maurice Pye, Consultant Cardiologist and Lead Clinician
Dr Chris Gale, Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine  
Dr Chris Hayes, Consultant Cardiologist
Dr Rashid Hossain, Specialist Cardiology Registrar and Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Jawwad Azam, Consultant Acute Physician

We are also very fortunate to have the NIHR Cardiology Research Speciality Lead for the Yorkshire and Humber Region, Professor Chris Gale in our Trust who writes, develops and runs his own national research studies.

Use Websites

British Heart Foundation; Information about the research undertaken by the well known charity.

National Institute of Health Research; Information about Research, the Clinical Research Networks, Funding and Support and much more.

1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

York and Scarborough

147 research studies open to recruitment

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4588 patients recruited into clinical trials