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Young Investigators Working Group and Members

The YI network is led by a representative who sits on the BIHS Executive Committee for a 2-year term of office.

Dr Luca Faconti – Executive Committee Representative (2019 – 2022)

Consultant in Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust; Research Associate at King’s College London luca.faconti@kcl.ac.uk

Luca joined the Society in 2017 and became a member of the BIHS YI Network. His research focuses on aspects of cardiovascular function and arterial stiffness in healthy subjects and disease conditions. His recent activity, as a part of his ongoing PhD, is based on cardiac pre-load and autonomic function in hypertension. His clinical commitments include working as a Consultant in the Hypertension Unit of GSTT NHS Foundation Trust. In 2017, Luca was presented with the BIHS Young Investigators Award and in 2020 he became a member of the ESH Working Group on Hypertension and the Heart.

He is supported by the YI working group: 

Dr Helen Warren

Senior Lecturer in Statistical Genetics, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London h.r.warren@qmul.ac.uk

Helen is a Lecturer in Statistical Genetics at Queen Mary University of London. Her research focuses on cardiovascular genetics and pharmacogenetics, especially relating to blood pressure and hypertension. She is an analyst for ASCOT and BRIGHT (BRItish Genetics of Hypertension Study), and a steering group member for the International Consortium for Blood Pressure. She has been a BIHS member since 2014, and is one of the three volunteer Young Investigator (YI) representatives, who launched the YI Network in 2016.

Dr Carlos Valencia-Hernandez


Dr Sinead McDonagh

Research Fellow, Primary Care Research Group, College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter

Sinead is a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School with special interests in blood pressure measurement and management in Primary Care. Her current projects focus on detecting individuals at risk of postural hypotension, investigating the significance and implications of a difference in blood pressure between arms and determining the role of allied health professionals in hypertension management in Primary Care settings. Sinead is also involved in setting up the implementation of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for the NHS.

Sinead has experience in conducting randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews. She has a background in physiology, nitric oxide biology and dietary interventions for reducing blood pressure and completed her PhD in this area in 2018, following a MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2012 and BSc in Sport Sciences in 2011.

Dr Hafiz Naderi







Clinical Research Training Fellow, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London

Hafiz is currently undertaking a PhD at the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, supported by the British Heart Foundation. He is also an Honorary Cardiology Registrar in Imaging at Barts Heart Centre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
Before beginning this Clinical Research Training Fellowship he was a Cardiac Imaging Fellow at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust focussing on echocardiography. He has also completed a Cardiac CT Fellowship at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Currently he is gaining experience in Cardiac MRI at Barts Heart Centre. Through these roles, Hafiz has gained experience and knowledge of the various cardiovascular imaging modalities.

Hafiz is also passionate about medical education and has started a YouTube channel called “The Heart Doctor” to raise public awareness on heart disease.

Twitter: @hafiz_naderi
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheHeartDoctor

Dr Oliver Todd
Dr Hannah Taylor
Dr Carmen Maniero
Dr Ryan McNally