Professor Rudolph Schutte

Dr Schutte currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Medical Science BSc (Hons) at Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford) and Extraordinary Professor at the North-West University as part of the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART).  His research interests are in the field of cardiovascular physiology and epidemiology addressing various hotly debated topics.  Some of these involve the use of urinary albumin excretion as a marker of cardiovascular damage and its prognostic significance in cardiovascular disease; blood pressure variability and its clinical applicability in cardiovascular risk stratification; leptin and its effects on the cardiovascular system; and even environmental cadmium pollution and its effects on the cardiovascular- and skeletal system. His current research question involves iron loading, dietary iron intake, oxidative stress and associated cardiovascular risk.  Dr Schutte is the first or co-author of 105 articles in peer reviewed journals and has an H-index of 18.  He has been the first or second supervisor of six PhD students.

Professor Roland von Känel

Dr von Känel currently holds the position of Associate Professor at the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern, Switzerland. As a clincian he was trained in General Internal Medicine and in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and is currently head of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Clinic Barmlweid, Switzerland. He was recently elected Professor (full) of Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics at the University of Zurich and Head Department of Consultation Psychiatry and Psychosomatics at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland, starting both these positions in February 2018. His major research interests include the psychobiological pathways linking psychosocial stress and behavior with cardiovascular disease. Dr von Känel is the first or co-author of more than 300 peer reviewed publications (h-index >50 per Google Scholar Citations) and strongly committed to the mentoring of young sientists.



Professor Mark Hamer

Professor Hamer graduated in Sport and Exercise Science (1996) at The University of Birmingham, completed an MSc in Sports Sciences (1999) at Brunel University and later received his PhD from De Montfort University (2002). He spent eleven years at University College London as a researcher in Epidemiology and Public Health funded by the British Heart Foundation. In 2015 he was appointed as Chair in Exercise as Medicine at the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine. He is currently PI on the age 46 biomedical assessment of the 1970 British Cohort Study, and also leads research on the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, Health Survey for England, and The Whitehall II Study. He is the first or co-author of more than 340 peer reviewed publications and has collaborated with HART on the SABPA study since 2009.