Dr Junaid Zaman is a cardiology and general medicine specialist registrar in the London Deanery and Fulbright British Heart Foundation Scholar at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College & Stanford University, USA.
He studied Medicine at Lincoln College, University of Oxford where he was awarded distinctions and a First Class Honours BA in Physiological Sciences, winning the Wronker Prize in Pharmacology.
His interest in cardiac physiology was stimulated during undergraduate tutorials and confirmed during a research project with Professors David Paterson & Neil Herring, studying the effect of natriuretic peptides on pre-synaptic vagal tone. He received an Association of Physicians Award for his work during this project.
Outside of cardiovascular physiology, he won the Arthritis Research Council National Medical Students essay prize and was a highly commended entry for the Pain Relief Foundation National Medical Students Essay prize. A strong interest in medical education and tutoring developed during clinical school, and he was twice voted 'Teacher of the Month' by Oxford clinical students. Currently, he is a visiting lecturer at the University of Buckingham Medical School and faculty at the Stanford Bedside Skills Symposium.
His clinical training started at the Professorial Medical Unit in Leeds and the Nuffield Department of Surgery in Oxford. His SHO training was on the London Postgraduate Hospitals rotation, at Royal Brompton Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital and National Hospital for Neurology.
He was appointed an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine in the North West Deanery, where he worked with Professors David Eisner and Andrew Trafford working on a model of catecholamine induced polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT).
Before starting a new Cardiology Academic Clinical Fellowship at Imperial College, he was awarded the Medical Research Council Chain Florey Fellowship and a BHF Clinical Research Fellowship.
His PhD in Professor Nicholas Peters' group has studied the electrical signatures of atrial fibrillation (AF) and their relation to the tissue responsible for the disease. Together they have helped raise the profile of this work in media coverage on BBC and Sky News with Dr Zaman addressing the BHF at their annual fundraising meeting. He serves the Heart Rhythm Society on both the Advisory Panel and as founding facilitator of the Emerging Leaders Community of Practice.
Perosnally he was awarded the Heart Rhythm Society Seymour Furman Travel Scholarship to attend Scientific Sessions in Boston (2012), a European Society of Cardiology Cardiologists of Tomorrow award to attend the Congress in Munich (2012), a Physiological Society Travel Grant for collaborative work at University of California, San Diego (2014), an Imperial College Trust Award to present at the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society (2014) and a British Cardiac Society Travel Bursary (2015). Scientific recognition includes the Best Poster Prize at the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society Annual Congress in (2015) and being a finalist in the Samuel A Levine Young Clinical Investigator Competition at American Heart Association (2015).
He received the prestigious inaugural UK-US Fulbright British Heart Foundation Research Scholar Award to continue his postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University with Dr Sanjiv Narayan, and is currently looking into new methods to study and treat cardiac fibrillation.