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Dr Idris Harding
Appointment
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Hatter Cardiovascular Institute
  • Institute of Cardiovascular Science
  • Faculty of Population Health Sciences
Biography

Idris graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2004 with degrees in medicine and cardiovascular sciences. He undertook early postgraduate clinical training at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, Kent and Canterbury Hospital and St Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth amongst others, gaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2007. In 2008 he was appointed to the London Cardiology training scheme and since 2010 has been a research fellow at the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at UCL.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Idris originally registered as an MD(Res) student at UCL but has augmented his studies to a three-year PhD following early success. The title of his thesis is "Protecting the diabetic myocardium".

It is well recognised that diabetic patients suffer worse outcomes from ischaemia-reperfusion events, including both in the heart (as myocardial infarctions, or "heart attacks") and in the brain (as strokes). Furthermore, strategies that can be employed to protect against the effects of ischaemia-reperfusion injury in non-diabetics appear to have decreased or no effect in the diabetic. In the heart this set of impaired outcomes is likely due to the existence of a subclinical cardiomyopathy - or disease of the heart muscle - in many diabetic patients, even before an acute ischaemia-reperfusion event occurs.

The interplay between the diabetic state, the resultant cardiomyopathy and superimposed ischaemia-reperfusion events forms the focus of Idris' research at the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at UCL.

Teaching Summary

Idris has held a variety of teaching posts, including a clinical teaching fellowship in cardiology at St Helier Hospital in Carshalton, Surrey and an honorary clinical lectureship in medical education at St George's, University of London. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in healthcare and biomedical education and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


At UCL he teaches within the cardiometabolic domain and the cardiology components of the undergraduate medicine course, as well as on the MSc in Cardiovascular Science course.

Academic Background
2011 PGCHE Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Education University of London
2007 MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
2004 MBBS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
2001 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
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