Ultrasound Summer School June 21-24, 2023

The Ultrasound Summer School is back! Registration closes May 12th, 2023 and spaces are limited.

CHLVH Ultrasound Summer School 2023

Below is our lineup of outstanding instructors.

Prof. Keith George

I am a Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange at Liverpool John Moores University, UK (2020-present). I am a Professor in Exercise and Cardiovascular Physiology, and have previously been Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer (Faculty of Science) and the Head of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. I was appointed at Liverpool John Moores University in January 2002. I completed a BSc (Hons) 1st Class in Sport Science (Liverpool Polytechnic; 1984) and was then awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study for an MSc in Exercise Physiology (Queen’s University, Canada; 1990). Upon returning to the UK I took up my academic position and then completed a PhD, part-time, in “Cardiac Adaptation to Exercise Training” (Manchester Metropolitan University) in 1998.

Throughout my research training and academic career my primary focus has been on the impact of acute or chronic exercise on the heart and circulatory system. Most of my research has also related to the development and utilization on novel imaging technologies and their use in research and clinical settings. I have published over 300 original peer-review journal article publications as well as books and book chapters. My work encapsulates application is varied populations including elite athletes, sedentary individuals and those with chronic disease. I have been an Editor for three International Journals (EJAP, PTiS and JAP) and I review grants and original research papers for a range of high impact journals and prestigious grant funding bodies around the globe. I have successfully obtained a number of external, competitive grant applications nationally and internationally as PI and CoI with a range of collaborative partners. I have supervised 25 PhD students to completion and I have assessed 30 PhD students in the UK and around the world.
An important element of my role at LJMU is the promotion and development of academic links between scientists, practitioners in partner institutions around the world. This allows cutting edge research to meet the demands of customers and translate academic knowledge into “real world” impact. Specific work at LJMU with “impact” is highlighted in a range of KTP and impact case studies including the issue of sudden cardiac death in young people and athletes and consequent cardiovascular screening programmes.

Prof. Daniel Green

Danny Green is a Cardiovascular and Exercise Physiologist. His research provides a platform for evidence-based use of exercise in cardiovascular prevention, and his professional service helped to established new allied health professions in Australia and the UK.
Danny established and built 3 research labs across a 30 year career. At Royal Perth Hospital in the 1990s he established Australia’s first tertiary hospital based Clinical Exercise Physiology research and service department, in the cardiac transplant unit and advanced heart failure service. In the late 2000s he moved to the UK where he established a new clinical and research lab in Liverpool with collaborations across the UK and EU. On returning to UWA in the late 2010s, he established a Research and Trials Centre for CVD Prevention. Across these labs, he has published 360 papers (307 top quartile), had 18264 cites, with a H=74 (WoS, GS=94), including Lancet, Circ, JACC, JCI, Physiol Rev, Hypertens, J Physiol.
He has been lead or senior investigator on 34 esteemed Category1 grants, 40 other competitive grants and 19 industry grants. He has supervised 94 thesis students (42 PhD) and 21 postdocs. He is ranked in the top 0.20% of CV scientists globally [Stanford metrics]. In 2022he was awarded Best in Field for Physiology in The Australian research awards and received the Vice Chancellor’s medal for Senior Research Achievement at The University of Western Australia (a World top 100 University).
He pioneered the use of high resolution vascular ultrasound in Cardiovascular Medicine and Physiology, invented the industry standard software for image analysis, and was the senior and coordinating author on the highly cited guidelines for use of ultrasound in vascular research. In collaboration with Prof Keith George he established the first International Ultrasound School; there have now been 18 of these which have directly built global research capacity in 12 countries.

Prof. Helen Jones

Helen Jones is a Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research focusses on understanding how interventions can improve systemic vascular health in both healthy and diseased individuals, with a specific interest on female health. She has published 118 papers, lead or co-lead on 30 competitive grants, supervised 25 PhD students and 8 post-doctoral researchers.

Helen has pioneered in enabling registration and accreditation of Clinical Exercise Physiologists as a regulated heath professional in the UK. She is Chair of Clinical Exercise Physiology-UK.

Helen has also led and co-ordinated on all 13 of the Cardiovascular Ultrasound summer schools in Liverpool and collaborated with teams in Australia, Canada and Brazil to enable international Cardiovascular Ultrasound summer schools.

Prof. David Oxborough

David Oxborough is a Professor of Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University. He is an accredited Clinical Cardiac Physiologist with over 25 years of experience in primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare settings. He is currently the co-chair for the Education Committee and the joint lead for the Research and Audit Committee of the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) and has been awarded a fellowship from the society. He has been the lead and co-author on 20 plus BSE published professional guidelines which are used by echocardiographers across the UK and worldwide. He is also a past-chair of the Consortium for Accrediting Sonographic Education (CASE) and acts as a lead accreditor for ultrasound education programmes nationwide.

As an academic and researcher, he has published over 140 peer reviewed papers on quantitative echocardiography and its applications in clinical and exercise cardiology. He has continuously worked in the imaging-based assessment of sudden cardiac death syndromes and pre-participation screening environment and has screened thousands of athletes. He has contributed significantly to our understanding of the Athlete’s Heart and its differentiation from cardiomyopathy. His work also includes the use and application of echocardiography (specifically strain imaging) in clinical populations with an interest in diastolic function, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, valve disease and pulmonary hypertension.

Dr. Kurt Smith

Kurt is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, (Canada). His Cerebrovascular, Health, Exercise, and Environmental Research Sciences (CHEERS) laboratory focuses on quantifying the mechanisms associated with cerebrovascular health over the lifespan. His lab specializes in exploiting vascular benefits of exercise and environmental interventions to induce cerebrovascular adaptations associated with live long brain health.

Dr. Kate Thomas

Dr Kate Thomas is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. She is also a recognised expert on vascular ultrasound, and has been involved in clinical ultrasound training in Australia and NZ for 9 years, including as the vascular representative on the board of examiners for the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine for 3 years. Kate’s research focusses on understanding cardiovascular and cerebrovascular responses to exercise and environmental challenges, and their application for health benefit in clinical cohorts. Kate has +60 peer reviewed publications within these research areas.

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