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Full NameProfessor Alan Stitt

Centre for Experimental Medicine

Queen's University Belfast

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Research Fields
  • cell and developmental biology/regenerative medicine
  • neuroscience and mental health
  • Other
Other Research Fields:

Diabetic complications, vascular biology, angiogenesis, ophthalmology, wound-healing, stem cell therapy.

Postgrad Medical Specialties
  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
Medical Subspecialties
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Vascular Medicine
My Work

My research group is primarily interested in understanding the pathophysiological, biochemical, cellular and molecular basis of vascular disease; using this fundamental knowledge for therapeutic target identification and drug development. Over many years there has been a particular focus on the retinal vasculature (including diabetic retinopathy, vascular occlusions, macular degeneration and retinopathy of prematurity). Our work has provided the preclinical basis for several phase I/III clinical trials and is very translationally orientated.

In recent years we have expanded our angiogenesis, cell therapy and regenerative medicine interests to include peripheral vascular disease, cardiac ischaemia, diabetic microvascular complications and wound healing. While we conduct sophisticated laboratory-based molecular cell biology approaches using in vitro and in vivo model-systems, we also isolate stem cells from peripheral and umbilical cord blood and generate induced pluripotent stem cells from patients. Much of this work is clinically orientated and most of our projects include clinical academics as integral partners in the research.

My group provides a unique basis for an enthusiastic clinical trainee to become embedded in a multidisciplinary, internationally recognised research programme and use their specialty knowledge to conduct laboratory and/or clinic-based research of the highest quality. Within the framework of the Wellcome-HRB ICAT programme, we will be encouraging publication outputs, follow-on fellowships and clinical academic career-building opportunities.