Aortic Dissection Research Advisory Group

The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust Research Advisory Group (RAG) supports and actively promotes research in the field of aortic dissection. Aiming to save lives and improve the quality of life for those suffering from the condition, now and in the future.

The group consists of established researchers, patients and trainees chosen to represent research interests across the whole patient pathway for aortic dissection. The Research Advisory Group functions independently to advise the Trustees of the Charity on research strategy, research governance and all operational research issues.

The Aortic Dissection Research Advisory Group aims to:

  • Influence and advise the national research agenda to support research in aortic dissection
  • Develop and implement a research strategy and research network to support aortic dissection research in the UK and Ireland
  • Review applications for support of research projects and advise on their suitability for support
  • Engaging with the Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust patient panel for research project development and participation

Research Advisory Group Launch

On September 15th 2021 the RAG, along with special guests Dr Dianna Milewicz, Dr Sandip Nandhra and Dr Jim Zhong, set out the research objectives for the charity.

World-leading aortic dissection genetics expert Dianna Milewicz, Division Director of Medical Genetics at the University of Texas Medical School and Director of the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases, gave a perspective from the genomics work carried out in the US so far.

Join the research panel

We are conducting a series of research projects to shape & improve the patient pathway for aortic dissection. As a survivor, relative or family member who has lost a loved one to AD, your experience and opinion are vital.

Research Advisory Group Key Members

Dr Colin Bicknell BM MD FRCS

Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Head of Specialty at the Imperial Vascular Unit, London. Colin trained at Southampton and Imperial where he was awarded Bachelor of Medicine and Doctor of Medicine degrees. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a member of the Vascular Surgical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the British Society of Endovascular Therapy, the Royal Society of Medicine and the European Society of Vascular Surgery.

Colin is President of the British Society of Endovascular Therapy; Co-Chair of the Research Priority Setting Partnership group for the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland and the James Lind Alliance; member of the Vascular Society Research Committee and Section of Surgery Committee of the Royal Society of Medicine.

He is a Clinical Reader in the Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London. He directs a translational aortic clinical research programme involving the application of technology, the generation of high performing teams and clinical treatments for aortic disease. He is the Course Director of the Imperial Health Policy MSc and has overseen the graduation of over 250 students.

Prof. Julie Sanders RGN BSc (Hon) MSc PhD FESC

Director of Clinical Research at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust and Clinical Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing at the William Harvey Research Institute at Queen Mary University of London, developing research and clinical academic career opportunities for nurses and allied health professionals in cardiovascular care. Julie has a special interest in outcomes after cardiothoracic surgery, including quality of life and psychosocial recovery, and increasing nursing and allied professional research in these areas.

Julie is also the European Society of Cardiology Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals (ACNAP) Secretary-Treasurer and ACNAP Science Committee Chair and Co-Founder of the Cardiac Surgery International Nursing and Allied Professional Research Network (CONNECT).

Prof. Mark Field

Honorary Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Liverpool, Consultant Aortic and Cardiac Surgery and Clinical Lead for Aortic Surgery, focusing on thoracic aortic surgery. His research interests include quality outcome measures in aortic surgery, health economics as well as all aspects of aortopathy including genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioengineering.

Mark is a member of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and has several collaborations with the University Liverpool and Imperial College, London through the Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science.

Prof. Aung Oo

Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery Clinical Lead for Aortovascular Surgery at The Barts Heart Centre, Barts Health NHS Trust and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Barts, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, St Bartholomews Hospital. Aung is one of the leading aortic surgeons in the UK with extensive experience in the surgical management of thoracoab-dominal aneurysms.

He has been the course director of the Biennial Liverpool Aortic Symposium for the last 12 years. He is NIHR CRN North Thames Cardiothoracic Surgical Subspecialty lead for research. His specific interests include clinical outcomes research in cardiac and aortic surgery and organ protection in aortic surgery.

Aung is also a highly sought-after professor, with academic and teaching responsibilities at Barts Heart Centre, the University of Liverpool, and the University of Medicine in Yangon, Myanmar.

Patient & Relative Voice

Thank you to all the patients who have volunteered to represent the patient voice for aortic dissection research.

Join the research panel

We are conducting a series of research projects to shape & improve the patient pathway for aortic dissection. As a survivor, relative or family member who has lost a loved one to AD, your experience and opinion are vital.

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