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Prof Bryan Williams
Maple House, First Floor Suite A
149 Tottenham Court Road
Tel: 020 31087907
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  • Chair of Medicine
  • Population Science & Experimental Medicine
  • Institute of Cardiovascular Science
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Bryan Williams is Chair of Medicine at UCL and Director of UCL Hospitals NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. He is Director of Research for UCL Hospitals, a member of the Senior Directors Team and Board of Directors. He is Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and an NIHR Senior Investigator (2010-2018, now emeritus). He was previously Professor of Medicine (1996-2012) and Chairman of the Division of Medicine at the University of Leicester School of Medicine, UK.  He graduated from the University of London in 1983 and completed his clinical and research training in London, Leicester, and at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, USA.

Professor Williams research and clinical practice is in the field of hypertension in which he is recognised as one of the world's leading authorities and is credited with driving changes in clinical practice globally. In the NHS, on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians London, he Chaired the development of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) in 2012 and its recent update; NEWS2 in 2017, and championed its adoption by the NHS and many health care systems globally, to improve the outcomes for patients with acute illness. He continues to work as a specialist in hypertension and in front-line acute care as an acute physician at UCL Hospitals. He has received numerous national and international awards and was the recipient of the Times Higher Education University award, for “Outstanding Innovation and Technology” 2011 and the Sleight Award (2014) by the European Society of Hypertension for his "outstanding contribution to research, education and clinical practice in the field of hypertension" and 2021 World Hypertension League and WHO Research Award for contribution to hypertension research globally. He has delivered numerous plenary lectures nationally and internationally, at major scientific and clinical conferences. In 2019 he was named of one of London's most influential people in the Prospect 1000 list.

Professor Williams was Chairman of the European Council on Hypertension  (2016-18), President of the British Hypertension Society (2001–2003), Chairman of the NICE Hypertension Guidelines (2011), Chairman of the European Hypertension Guideline Task Force (2016-18) and is currently Secretary of the International Society of Hypertension as well as a member of Council of the European and International Societies of Hypertension. He was previously Chairman of the Clinician Scientist Research Grant Awards panels for the Medical Research Council and the Department of Health and member of the NIHR EME board. He is current Chairman of the British Heart Foundation Clinical Studies Awards Panel. He is Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, and Royal College of Physicians London. 

Research Summary

Research in the field of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases with expertise in early and later phase clinical trials and experimental medicine. His current research interest is in cardiovascular physiology and haemodynamics, Resistant Hypertension and trials of treatment of hypertension. He holds grant awards from the NIHR, MRC and the BHF as well as collaborative grants with industry.

Teaching Summary

Professor Williams has supervised numerous post-doctoral MD and PhD students and continues to teach medical students and junior doctors at UCL and UCL Hospitals. He is invited to deliver lectures and masterclasses globally in his specialist clinical and research fields.  

01-APR-2014 Director of Research Research and Development University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
01-JUL-2013 Director NIHR/Wellcome Clinical Research Facility (CRF) UCL/University College London Hospitals, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2012 Director NIHR UCL Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre UCL and UCLH, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2012 – 31-MAR-2013 Director Cardiometabolic Programme NIHR UCL Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2012 Consultant Physician Medicine University College Hospitals, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2012 Chair of Medicine Institute of Cardiovascular Science UCL, United Kingdom
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