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Nicholas Mills


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Chair of Cardiology and Consultant Cardiologist
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0131 242 6515
Chancellor's Building
49 Little France Crescent



Professor Nicholas Mills was born in Glasgow and lived in Scotland and North America, before studying Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2000. He undertook his clinical training at the Western General Hospital and Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh before joining the Centre for Cardiovascular Science in 2003. Dr Mills is currently a Professor of Cardiology and British Heart Foundation Intermediate Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

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The aim of his research is to understand the mechanisms of vascular and myocardial injury in patients with coronary heart disease, and to use this insight to develop novel strategies and treatments to improve outcomes for patients. He leads the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Edinburgh (CORE) group, which brings together expertise in cardiovascular science, medicine, epidemiology, and public health. Their goal is to translate research into better patient care and improved clinical outcomes.


Professor Mills is the Chief investigator of two multi-centred cluster randomised trials evaluating the impact of a high sensitive troponin I assay on patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome ( Identifier: NCT01852123). He was the clinical lead and a specialist member of the Diagnostics Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) consultation on high-sensitivity troponin (NICE diagnostics guidance [DG15]. He is currently a member of the British Heart Foundation's Project Grant Committee. Professor Mills teaches on the MBChB course and is responsible for the supervision of clinical and non-clinical PhD students.

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Funding body Principal grant holder Title Start date End date Amount
1 British Heart Foundation Nicholas Mills High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin and Coronary Heart Disease 01/02/2016 31/01/2021 1211383
2 British Heart Foundation Mark Miller Eicosanoids as Mediators of Nanoparicle-Induced Cardiovascular Disease 01/11/2015 31/10/2018 538064
3 British Heart Foundation Nicholas Mills High-Sensitivity cardiac troponin on presentatin to rule out myocardial infarction (HISTORIC) 01/07/2015 30/06/2018 250233
4 Chief Scientist Office Nicholas Mills High-Sensitivity cardiac troponin on presentatin to rule out myocardial infarction (HISTORIC) 01/04/2015 31/03/2016 33443
5 Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation Nicholas Mills Do gender differences in the presentation of patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome influence diagnosis and treatment? 01/04/2015 31/03/2016 35236
6 Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland Atul Anand Cardiac biomarkers in patients with aortic stenosis (COMPASS) 01/03/2015 28/02/2017 118544
7 British Heart Foundation Nicholas Mills British Heart Foundation Centre for Vascular Regeneration Strategic Award 01/12/2014 30/11/2016 97600
8 Abott Laboratories Nicholas Mills High-Sensitivity cardiac troponin on presentation to rule out myocardial infarction. 19/11/2014 18/11/2015 40258
9 Abott Laboratories Nicholas Mills Venous thrombus and embolism Register Scotland 19/11/2014 18/11/2015 34895
10 Abott Laboratories Nicholas Mills Cardiac Biomarkers in Patients with Aortic Stenosis. 14/11/2014 13/11/2015 53680