Professor Pearson, from Ealing in West London, has been Associate Medical Director at the BHF since 2002. In this role, he has led the development of the BHF’s research strategy and is part of the senior research team overseeing an active research portfolio of around £400 million. This makes the BHF the single largest independent funder of cardiovascular research in the UK and one of the biggest worldwide.
As a senior researcher, Professor Pearson has specialised as an endothelial cell biologist. He worked first at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge and then the MRC Clinical Research Centre in Harrow before moving to King’s College London (KCL) in 1991. Much of his research at King’s was funded by the BHF.
Professor Pearson became the UK’s first Professor of Vascular Biology at KCL, where he still holds an Emeritus chair. He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2004 and as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2006.
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