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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

Alissa E, Ferns G. Dietary Fruits and Vegetables and Cardiovascular Diseases Risk. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 2015;:.

Ghayour-Mobarhan M, Moohebati M, Esmaily H, Ebrahimi M, Parizadeh S, Heidari-Bakavoli A et al. Mashhad stroke and heart atherosclerotic disorder (MASHAD) study: design, baseline characteristics and 10-year cardiovascular risk estimation. International Journal of Public Health. 2015;60(5):561-572.

Mirhafez S, Pasdar A, Avan A, Esmaily H, Moezzi A, Mohebati M et al. Cytokine and growth factor profiling in patients with the metabolic syndrome. British Journal of Nutrition. 2015;113(12):1911-1919.

Assmann G, Buono P, Daniele A, Della Valle E, Farinaro E, Ferns G et al. Functional foods and cardiometabolic diseases. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases. 2014;24(12):1272-1300.

Alissa E, Alnahdi W, Alama N, Ferns G. Relationship Between Nutritional Profile, Measures of Adiposity, and Bone Mineral Density in Postmenopausal Saudi Women. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2014;33(3):206-214.

Borai A, Livingstone C, Heald A, Oyindamola Y, Ferns G. Delta insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1 ( IGFBP-1): a marker of hepatic insulin resistance?. Annals of Clinical Biochemistry: An international journal of biochemistry and laboratory medicine. 2013;51(2):269-276.

Nazeminezhad R, Tajfard M, Latiff L, Mouhebati M, Esmaeily H, Ferns G et al. Dietary intake of patients with angiographically defined coronary artery disease and that of healthy controls in Iran. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2013;68(1):109-113.