Professor Derek M Yellon (Director)

Prof Derek M.Yellon, PhD, DSc, FRCP (Hon), FACC, FESC, FAHA

Derek M Yellon is Professor of Molecular & Cellular Cardiology at University College London. Professor Yellon established the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute in 1991 and continues to lead as its Director.

In 1993 he was appointed Professor of Molecular & Cellular Cardiology at University College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians; the American College of Cardiology; the European Society of Cardiology; the International Society for Heart Research and the American Heart Association.

Professor Yellon established the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute as a specialised translational research institution to investigate myocardial protection, the pathophysiology of cardioprotection in the setting of diabetes, ischaemia/reperfusion injury, molecular aspects of adaptation to ischaemic injury and myocardial pre and post conditioning in both the basic and clinical arenas. Under Professor Yellon’s guidance, the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute has developed a strong reputation in these areas, leading on international trials and forging strong collaborative links with both industry and academia. Through the work of the past 30 years, Professor Yellon has now developed complementary programmes including ischaemic stroke and cardioprotection following cancer therapy.

He is on the editorial board of several major Cardiovascular Journals and has published more than 600 full papers and edited 22 books. Professor Yellon has a current h-index of 111 and was named as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2020 and 2021.

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