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Our People - Heart Research Centre

Dr Christopher Turner

Dr Christopher Turner is a world-renowned cardiovascular biologist. He obtained his PhD from UCL and has worked in both academia and the pharmaceutical industry. 

Prior to joining the University of Suffolk, Dr Turner worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA where he led a research programme focused on identifying genes that are essential for the development of the heart and the vasculature. 

Dr Turner's research is focused on understanding the signals that control the growth and patterning of the circulatory system.

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Dr Emmanouil Georgiadis

Dr. Emmanouil (Manos) Georgiadis is an internationally known expert in applying motivational constructs in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Manos is also the Course Leader for the MSci Sports Psychology for Football degree. 

Manos has helped athletes of individual and team sports improving their abilities and reaching their potential as a recognised Sport Psychologist. 

Manos is currently involved in the examination of the effects of exercise on dementia, the effectiveness of health promotion programmes in the Suffolk community, the effects of sedentariness in the lives of older adults and the implementation of new technology towards more active lifestyles.

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Dr Gavin Devereux

Dr Gavin Devereux is an Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology, and is the Director of Sport Sciences and Coaching.

Gavin is an exercise physiologist, with a research background in understanding how blood pressure is regulated during exercise, as well as the development of special exercise therapies for individuals with high blood pressure.

As well as the applied football sport science work, Gavin continues to work in the field of exercise, cardiovascular health and blood pressure regulation, and is currently collaborating with researchers in Suffolk, Kent and North Carolina, USA.

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Dr Maurizio Bertollo

Dr Maurizio Bertollo is a Visting Professor of Human Performance at the University of Suffolk and an Associate Professor of Motor Behaviour and Sport Psychology at “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara. 

His research activity focuses on the processes and mechanisms underlying the development, maintenance and improvement of human motor behaviour and performance.

Current research interests include bio-psycho-physiological state underpinning performance, individual zones of pptimal functioning, stress recovery-balance in sport, psychophysiological monitoring and intervention in sport.

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Dr Liza Morton

Liza is Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Suffolk as well as a Chartered (BPS) and Registered (HCPC) Counselling Psychologist. She works in Private Practice and leads the Professional Practice Module on Strathclyde University's Clinical Health Psychology MSc.

Liza's research interests include the psychological impact of living with a heart condition from birth. 

Liza is currently involved in a collaboration with the University of Suffolk's Congenital Cardiac Research Centre's Dr Manos Georgiadis, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology on a project exploring rehabilitation for this population.

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John Richardson - National Director of The Somerville Foundation