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Professor Neil Herring

Fellow by Special Election, Keble College

Associate Professor and BHF Intermediate Fellow


As a BHF Intermediate Fellow my time is divided between working as a Cardiology Consultant at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and carrying out research and teaching in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and at Keble College. I teach physiology/pharmacology to the preclinical medical students and biomedical scientists during their three undergraduate years as well as running the Cardiology Special Studies Module for final year clinical medical students.

Research Interests

Many cases of sudden cardiac death are precipitated by the autonomic nervous system. Stimulation of the heart by the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system increases myocardial oxygen demand, reduces coronary perfusion time and causes calcium overload in ventricular myocytes. This can precipitate life threatening heart rhythms especially after myocardial infarction or during congestive cardiac failure. Conversely activation of the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system can protect the heart and prevent premature death. Our research group studies local hormones released within the heart during myocardial infarction and congestive cardiac failure which alter the balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Examples include neuronal nitric oxide synthase, natriuretic peptides, neuropeptide Y and galanin.

Recent Publications

College Contact Details

Professor Neil Herring
Keble College
Telephone: 01865 272727
Fax: 01865 272705

Faculty/Dept. Information

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics
Burdon Sanderson Cardiac Science Centre
Sherrington Building
Parks Road