Professor John Danesh is Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and Head of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge. Alongside his role as Research Director, he is also Director of the British Heart Foundation’s Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, Associate Faculty Member at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and Honorary Consultant at the Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Before receiving his MSc from the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine, he trained in medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand and at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia. His main research interests are discovery genomics and cardiovascular genetics, therapeutic target prioritisation, international vascular health, screening and risk prediction, systems genomics and blood donor health and biology.