Dr. Simon Kennedy is a Senior Lecturer at Glasgow University and has been involved in developing and using in vivo animal models of balloon injury and stenting for around 15years. He has published widely using these models to investigate mechanisms of cardiovascular pathophysiology. He has chaired symposia at local and international meetings and organized several specialized meetings on in vivo research.
He is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Pharmacology and the review journal Pharmacology & Therapeutics and is a member of the British Pharmacological Society meetings committee. His work is supported by the British Heart Foundation, Medical Research Council and the EPSRC. His research interests are on the study of vascular pathologies and therapy aimed at improving the outcome of interventional procedures such as vein grafting, balloon angioplasty and stent implantation. He is also interested in the control of vascular function and the effect of conditions such as hyperlipidaemia on this.
Recent work has been done to investigate the function of perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) surrounding blood vessels and the effect of the enzyme AMPK on this. He also has an interest in the effect of hypoxia on expression and function of the sphingolipid system.