Public lecture explores link between gout and heart failure

Professor Francisco Leyva-Leon

30 January 2018

  • Leading cardiologist Professor Francisco Leyva-Leon to present his research on the link between gout and heart failure.
  • Free for the public to attend. Book your tickets here.

A leading cardiologist will present a lecture revealing how medicine evolved from craft to science in his search for an explanation for why gout is linked to heart failure.

Francisco Leyva-Leon, Professor of Cardiology at Aston University and Consultant Cardiologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, will discuss his research journey in Aston’s latest inaugural lecture on Thursday 15 February 2018 at 6.30pm in room G11, Main Building.

Professor Leyva-Leon is an expert in cardiac device therapy, heart failure and cardiomyopathies. He also specialises in cardiac MRI and CT imaging.

The talk is free for the public to attend and refreshments will be provided.

Describing the lecture, Professor Francisco Leyva-Leon said: “Medicine tries to trick nature in order to relieve human suffering. As in many aspects of human endeavour, joining the dots between simple observations, a mechanism and the treatment of disease is sometimes convoluted.

“Although the association between gout and heart failure has long been recognized, how heart failure leads to high uric acid levels has remained a mystery. Similarly, it has long been known that electrical disturbances in the heart can lead to heart failure, but it is only recently that pacemakers have been used to treat it. In this inaugural lecture, I will explore how medicine has evolved from craft into a science, using heart failure as the link between gout and pacemakers.”

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • 6pm – Refreshments
  • 6.30pm – Lecture
  • 7.30pm – Wine, nibbles and networking

To book your free ticket, visit the Eventbrite page.


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About Professor Francisco Leyva-Leon

Professor Francisco Leyva qualified in 1987 from the University of Manchester. He trained at the Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals and is now a Consultant Cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, and Professor of Cardiology at Aston University Medical School. He consults privately at Spire Little Aston Hospital and Sutton Medical Consulting in Sutton Coldfield, and The Priory Hospital in Birmingham.

His clinical expertise is in cardiac device therapy (cardiac resynchronisation therapy, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators), heart failure and cardiomyopathies. He also specialises in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI) and cardiac computed tomography (cardiac CT). He is past President of the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSCMR) and has been a clinical advisor to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the national guidelines for Heart Failure, Cardiac Devices and Drug Therapy. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), the American College of Cardiology (FACC), Chair of the Health Economics Group and Advocacy Chair of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA). His research interests include: cardiac devices therapy (cardiac resynchronisation therapy, pacemakers and defibrillators), cardiomyopathies and heart failure; Cardiovascular Photonics; and, Clinical Outcomes Research. These research programmes are undertaken at Aston University and at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led university known for its world-class teaching quality, and strong links to business and the professions. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students.  Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.  Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.

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