Hugh Montgomery (geneticist)
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Professor Hugh Montgomery is the director of the UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London. He was the first to discover any gene for fitness, ACE.
He leads a research group in cardiovascular genetics which has published over 100 publications including original research papers in journals such as Nature, The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine. Aside from his research he holds an appointment as a Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at UCL and practises as a consultant in critical care, cardiology and internal medicine at the Whitington Hospital.
Professor Montgomery is known for being a polymath, and has several notable achievements outside the field of medicine. He has been awarded the title of London Leader by the London Sustainable Development Commission for his work in climate change and health under the auspices of Project Genie; he was also a founding member of the UK Climate and Health Council. Professor Montgomery is also a published children's author and wrote the Hollywood film 'Reputation and Control' in under 6 weeks.
Professor Montgomery has complemented his interest in fitness with achievements which include the 100 km ultra marathons, holding the world record for underwater piano playing as well as climbing Everest with the Xtreme Everest research group to undertake research.
He is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Open Access journal Extreme Physiology & Medicine, published by BioMed Central.
- 2007 Presented the televised annual Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on the subject Back from the brink: the science of survival.
- 2010 Chosen to present the Ellison-Cliffe Lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine.
- Academic profile at UCL.
- Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2007: Back from the brink: the science of survival
- Hugh Montgomery address on Science & Environment, Royal Institution Unconference, September 2011
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