BA (hons), BMBCh (hons), MRCP, DPhil (Oxon)
Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
- British Heart Foundation Intermediate Clinical Research Fellow
- Deputy Clinical Director of OCMR
- Honorary Consultant Cardiologist
After studying medicine at Pembroke College (1996-2002) I completed the Royal College Examinations and specialized in Cardiology. In 2005 I was awarded a Wellcome Trust Junior Research Fellowship to complete my DPhil in Cardiovascular medicine at Oxford, where I used advanced cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy to study the effects of obesity and weight loss on myocardial metabolism and function. For this work I was awarded the American Heart Association Young Investigator Award for Nutrition Physical Activity and Metabolism (2008) and took up the role of Clinical Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine in Oxford in 2010 where I furthered my research into obesity. In 2015 I was appointed as an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist and Deputy Clinical Director or the University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research. I currently hold a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Clinical Research Fellowship and run a research group that uses advanced cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy to investigate the relationship between cardiac substrate metabolism, cardiac energetics and cardiac function in multiple diseases with a focus on obesity, bariatric surgery, heart failure and cardiac hypertrophy.
Water-suppression cycling 3-T cardiac1H-MRS detects altered creatine and choline in patients with aortic or mitral stenosis
Ding B. et al, (2021), NMR in Biomedicine
Obesity in the absence of comorbidities is not related to clinically meaningful left ventricular hypertrophy.
Lewis AJM. et al, (2021), Int J Cardiovasc Imaging
Quantifying the effect of dobutamine stress on myocardial Pi and pH in healthy volunteers: A 31 P MRS study at 7T.
Apps A. et al, (2021), Magn Reson Med, 85, 1147 - 1159
Proof-of-Principle Demonstration of Direct Metabolic Imaging Following Myocardial Infarction Using Hyperpolarized 13C CMR.
Apps A. et al, (2021), JACC Cardiovasc Imaging
Nicotinic acid receptor agonists impair myocardial contractility by energy starvation.
Watson WD. et al, (2020), FASEB J, 34, 14878 - 14891