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David Austin is as a consultant cardiologist with a specialist interest in percutaneous coronary intervention and is an honorary senior clinical lecturer at Newcastle University.
He trained in medicine as an undergraduate at the University of Aberdeen. He then completed early professional training and a research MD at the University of Glasgow.
Dr Austin completed cardiology specialist training at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle and The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. He then undertook an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship in Halifax, Canada in 2013 to 2014.
In addition to establishing grant-funded trials (PROACT, TACTIC, FRACTAL clinical trials) within cardiology at James Cook. Dr Austin is the clinical lead for the James Cook research delivery team.
He is also the cardiovascular specialty group lead for North-East and North Cumbria NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN).
These leadership roles involve the promotion and development of cardiovascular research in South Tees and the wider region. The roles also have involvement in the regional and national strategic conversations within NIHR.
The ACU aims to conduct vital, high-quality research to improve patient outcomes, not only in the Tees Valley, but nationally and beyond.