Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

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Alun Hughes is currently Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology, UCL and a visiting professor at Imperial College London. He held a chair in Clinical Pharmacology at Imperial College London from 2001-13. 

Professor Hughes completed his medical degree (MB, BS) at St Mary's Hospital Medical School in 1983 having obtained a 1st class intercalated BSc degree in Physiology in 1979. He was awarded a PhD from the University of London in 1988 for his work on vascular dopamine receptors. Subsequently  he was a Medical Research Council Training Fellow at  St George's Hospital Medical School, a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Fellow at Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine and Senior Lecturer/Reader at Imperial College London.

His work focuses on the structure and function of the cardiovascular system in health and disease. Previous achievements have included the identification of tyrosine phosphorylation as a regulator of calcium channels in vascular smooth muscle, defining the mechanism of the vasodilator action of thiazide diuretics on the vasculature and the application of wave intensity analysis in man. More recently, he has extended his interests into developing novel imaging and computational methods for the assessment of haemodynamics and cardiovascular function in man in vivo and their application to large scale clinical trials and epidemiological studies, such as Southall and Brent Revisited (SABRE),  the Anglo Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial (ASCOT), the Lifelong Health & Ageing: National Survey of Health and Development and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC).

Professor Hughes was President of the European Council for Cardiovascular Research from 2008-2010. He is currently Chair of Council for ARTERY and a faculty member and hononary Professor of the Danish Cardiovascular Research Academy (DaCRA).



Bann D, Wright L, Hughes A, et al., 2024, Socioeconomic inequalities in cardiovascular disease: a causal perspective., Nat Rev Cardiol, Vol:21, Pages:238-249

Rhead R, Wels J, Moltrecht B, et al., 2024, Long COVID and financial outcomes: evidence from four longitudinal population surveys., J Epidemiol Community Health

Joy G, Lopes LR, Webber M, et al., 2024, Electrophysiological Characterization of Subclinical and Overt Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy by Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Guided Electrocardiography., J Am Coll Cardiol, Vol:83, Pages:1042-1055

Leyden GM, Urquijo H, Hughes AD, et al., 2024, Characterizing the Causal Pathway From Childhood Adiposity to Right Heart Physiology and Pulmonary Circulation Using Lifecourse Mendelian Randomization., J Am Heart Assoc, Vol:13

Ahmadi MN, Blodgett JM, Atkin AJ, et al., 2024, Relationship of device measured physical activity type and posture with cardiometabolic health markers: pooled dose-response associations from the Prospective Physical Activity, Sitting and Sleep Consortium., Diabetologia

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