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Professor Gordon Ferns

Prof Gordon Ferns

Professor Gordon Ferns (BSc, MSc, MD, BS, MRCS, FRCPath, FRCP, SFHEA, Dip Hlth Mgt, FRSA)

Professor of Medical Education and Metabolic Medicine
T: +44 (0)1273 644001
Location: Room 345, Watson Building, University of Brighton Falmer campus, BN1 9PH

PA: Sue Brown

T: +44 (0)1273 644743

Areas of expertise:Biomarkers of cardiovascular disease; nutrition; lipid metabolism; clinical biochemistry
Research areas:Metabolic medicine and clinical biochemistry – particularly related to cardiovascular risk and lipid metabolism


Professor Gordon Ferns qualified in medicine from St Bartholomew’s Medical College, University of London. Following House jobs in Newmarket and London, he trained in Chemical Pathology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, where he also undertook the research for his MD, funded by a Wellcome Pathology Research Fellowship and Aylwen Research Bursary. He was a British Heart Foundation-American Heart Association Reciprocal Fellow in the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington, Seattle, US, returning to the UK as a Senior Scientist at the William Harvey Research Institute, London.

He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Chemical Pathology at the University of Leicester, and then to a Chair in Metabolic & Molecular Medicine at the University of Surrey. He was subsequently Dean of Medicine at the University of Surrey, before his move to the University of Keele Medical School, where he was Director of the Institute of Science and Technology in Medicine. Gordon has worked at BSMS since 2012 as Head of the Department of Medical Education, and Honorary Consultant in Metabolic Medicine.


Gordon has published more than 350 papers in journals and books. He was previously on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Pharmacology and a member of the British Heart Foundation Project Grants Committee. He is currently an Associate Editor of Cholesterol. His work is focussed on the basic mechanisms underpinning cardiovascular disease, including the role of growth factors and cytokines. He has been Chief, or Principal Investigator on several clinical trials and has received  funding from the British Heart Foundation, Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust and BBSRC. He holds Visiting Chairs at the Universities of Surrey and Keele.



Gordon teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students and heads the Department of Medical Education. He also examines for the Royal College of Pathologists and the University of Cambridge School of Medicine.

Selected publications

Cegla, Jaimini, Neely, R Dermot G, France, Michael, Ferns, Gordon, Byrne, Chris D, Halcox, Julian, Datta, Dev, Capps, Nigel, Shoulders, Carol, Qureshi, Nadeem, Rees, Alan, Main, Linda, Cramb, Robert, Viljoen, Adie, Payne, Jules and Soran, Handrean (2019) HEART UK Consensus Statement on Lipoprotein(a) - a call to action. Atherosclerosis, 291. pp. 62-70. ISSN 0021-9150

Wu, Yan, Heikal, Lamia, Ferns, Gordon, Ghezzi, Pietro, Nokhodchi, Ali and Maniruzzaman, Mohammed (2019) 3D bioprinting of novel biocompatible scaffolds for endothelial cell repair. Polymers, 11 (12). pp. 1-12. ISSN 2073-4360

Reynolds, Tim, Carey, Peter, George, Jacob, Konidaris, Gerasimos, Narayanan, Deepa, Ramachandran, Sudarshan, Saunders, Luke, Viljoen, Adie and Ferns, Gordon (2019) A retrospective observational study to determine baseline characteristics and early prescribing patterns for patients receiving Alirocumab in UK clinical practice. Drugs - Real World Outcomes, 6 (4). pp. 205-213. ISSN 2199-1154

Hennessy, Catherine M, Smith, Claire F, Greener, Sue and Ferns, Gordon (2019) Social media guidelines: a review for health professionals and faculty members. The Clinical Teacher. ISSN 1743-4971 

Ferns, Gordon, Scott-Smith, Wesley and Witheridge, Annamaria (2019) Fourth-year medical students’ experiences of diagnostic consultations in a simulated primary care setting. International Journal of Medical Education, 10. pp. 163-171. ISSN 2042-6372

Heikal, Lamia, Ghezzi, Pietro, Mengozzi, Manuela and Ferns, Gordon (2018) Assessment of HIF-1α expression and release following endothelial injury in-vitro and in-vivo. Molecular Medicine, 24 (22). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1076-1551

Bahrami, Afsane, Mehramiz, Mehrane, Ghayour-Mobarhan, Majid, Bahrami-Taghanaki, Hamidreza, Ardekani, Kiana Sadeghi, Tayefi, Maryam, Sadeghzade, Mahsa, Rashidmayvan, Mohammad, Ghalezou, Maryam Safari, Ferns, Gordon A, Avan, Amir and Sadeghnia, Hamid Reza (2018) A genetic variant in the cytochrome P450 family 2 subfamily R member 1 determines response to vitamin D supplementation. Clinical Nutrition, 38 (2). pp. 676-681. ISSN 0261-5614