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Prof Hugh Montgomery
1st Floor
Centre for Human Health and Performance: Institute for Sport, Exercise and Health
170 Tottenham Court Road
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  • Chair of Intensive Care Medicine (Honorary Consultant)
  • Experimental & Translational Medicine
  • Div of Medicine
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Hugh obtained a first class BSc in Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Neuropharmacology in 1984, before graduating from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1987. He obtained his higher research degree from University of London in 1987. He is accredited in General Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Intensive Care Medicine. He has published >500 scientific papers, three in 'Nature'.

Research Summary

RENIN-ANGIOTENSIN SYSTEMS. Work has focussed on their role in regulating tissue (especially cardiac) growth, inflammatory responses (especially in the lung) and in the regulation of human (especially hypoxic) physical performance. Most recently, work continues in studying their role in metabolic regulation.

HUMAN PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE. In 1998, we reported the first allele associated with such performance and have since reported others. Other work has addressed musculoskeletal remodelling and cardiac growth responses to exercise, as well as rthe mechanisms underpinning tendon injury and stress fractures.

CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE. After genetic (and pharmacological) studies of acute lung injury, we are focussed on the skeletal muscle response to critical illness, impacts of altered feeding regimes, and the use of novel energy substrates in neuroprotection.

HYPOXIC ADAPTATION. Hugh was the research lead for the 2007 Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research Expedition, and work continues.

FRIEDRICH'S ATAXIA. We are working ona  potential therapeutic intervention.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND BIG DATA ANALYTICS. We are working on largescale datasets with the goal of predicting patient decline.

CLIMATE CHANGE and its health consequences is an additional and key focus.

Teaching Summary

Initiator and author/editor of:
'My First MRCP Book'
'Surviving Prescribing'
the 'Puzzling Out...' series of undergraduate texts

Extensive experience in the public communication of science (e.g. BBC radio 4; The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures of 2007)

01-JUN-2005 Consultant Intensivist Intensive Care Medicine Whittington Hospital, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2002 Professor of intensive Care Medicine Medicine UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1997   Doctor of Medicine University of London
1990   Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
1987   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery University of London
1984   Bachelor of Science (Honours) To be updated
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