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.
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 (ClinicalTrials.gov 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.