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Prof. Richard Hobbs

Richard Hobbs FMedSci is currently Professor and Head of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, UK. He is National Director of the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) School for Primary Care Research (2009-), and was co-director of the NHS Quality and Outcomes Framework review panel from 2005 to 2009. He is Director of the Oxford CLAHRC (2012-), leads the Multi-Morbidity Theme of the Oxford BRC 2 (2012-17) and BRC 3 (2017-). He sits on many national and international scientific and research funding boards, including chairing the European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society. He provides expert input into a number of specialist organisations, including the Council of the British Heart Foundation and the ESC (European Society of Cardiology), the world’s biggest medical society.

Professor Hobbs’ research interests focus on cardiovascular epidemiology and clinical trials, especially in vascular and stroke risk, and heart failure. His publications include 28 book chapters, 12 edited books, and more than 400 original papers in such peer-reviewed journals as the Lancet, the Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, Atherosclerosis, the European Heart Journal, and Stroke. His research into heart failure and stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation has changed international guidelines – for example, he was CI of the BAFTA trial (confirmed the dominance of anticoagulation in SPAF and the lack of role for aspirin); CI for the SAFE trial (use of pulse palpation in screening for AF), and been a member of SPAF Registries (GARFIELD) and the ESC AF Guidelines committees.

At a national level, he has served as a trustee director for a number of charities, and been a non-executive director for the world’s largest mutual indemnifier. He also sits as a trustee director on the Council of the University of Oxford. Within the UK National Health Service, he has consulted on National Service Frameworks for coronary heart disease, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, and several NICE Clinical Guidelines. He has been a physician in general practice for over 35 years, serving an inner-city community, now incorporated into the UK’s largest super-partnership in primary care.

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