Gavin Brooks

Professor Gavin Brooks is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) and Professor of Cardiovascular Research at the University of Reading. He graduated with a first class honours degree in Pharmacy (1984) and obtained a PhD in the areas of organic chemistry and pharmacology (1988) from The School of Pharmacy, University of London. He registered as a Pharmacist with the RPSGB in 1985 and has remained an active member since that date. In 1988, he joined the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories in London as a post-doctoral research fellow before being recruited (1992) as a Group Leader to the 5*-rated Department of Cardiovascular Research, The Rayne Institute, St. Thomas' Hospital, London where he began focusing on the mechanisms that control physiological and pathophysiological cardiovascular cell growth. In 1997, he joined Prolifix Ltd. as head of their cardiovascular programme and in 1999 returned to academia where he now is Professor of Cardiovascular Research at the University of Reading.  

In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association and in January 2004, he became founding Head of the new Reading School of Pharmacy. In 2008, he was a founding member of the highly successful Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR) that is based at the University and in August 2008 he was made Head of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading. He was elected Dean of Science in August 2010 and became Pro-Vice Chancellor with particular responsibility for Teaching and Learning in January 2012. Amongst a number of academic external appointments, he has served as Chairman of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Special Interest Group on Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and, until recently, he was Chairman of the South East Universities Consortium for Biopharma Skills. 

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