Professor John Cleland qualified in medicine in 1977 at the University of Glasgow. He was appointed from 1986-1994 first as a Senior Registrar and subsequently as Senior Lecturer in Cardiology jointly at St Mary's and the Hammersmith Hospital, London. In 1994 he was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the British Heart Foundation to transfer to the Medical Research Council's Clinical Research Initiative in Heart Failure in Glasgow. He was appointed to the Chair of Cardiology at the University of Hull in 1999. His main interest is heart failure, extending from its epidemiology, detection and prevention, to effective implementation of existing treatments and planning of randomised trials of new (and old) treatments. Particular interests include the interaction between myocardial hibernation and treatment, 'diastolic' and vascular dysfunction, anti-thrombotic treatments, peri-partum cardiomyopathy, cardiac resynchronisation, telemonitoring, implantable haemodynamic monitoring, co-morbidities including diabetes, anaemia, atrial fibrillation and renal dysfunction and new interventions for acute heart failure.