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Nicholas Mills


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Job title: 
Reader and Consultant Cardiologist
Contact email:
0131 242 6515
Chancellor's Building
49 Little France Crescent



Dr Nicholas Mills was born in Glasgow and raised in Scotland and North America. He studied 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 Reader in Cardiology and British Heart Foundation Intermediate Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Research interests: 

To understand mechanisms of vascular and myocardial injury in patients with coronary heart disease, and develop novel therapeutic approaches to promote vascular repair and improve clinical outcomes. 

Dr Mills is a member of the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Edinburgh (CORE) group, which brings together researchers from the Centres for Cardiovascular Science and Population Health Sciences with support from the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit. CORE aims to improve clinical outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease by harnessing the potential of national electronic health records to systematically evaluate the impact of changes in practice on clinical outcomes.


Dr Mills teaches on the MBChB course and is responsible for the supervision of clinical and non-clinical PhD students.


Funding body Principal grant holder Title Start date End date Amount
1 British Heart Foundation Nicholas Mills BHF UK Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine Centre - Nicholas Mills allocation (linked to R42775 : Newby) 01/10/2013 30/09/2017 200000
2 British Heart Foundation Nicholas Cruden Development of a clinical translational model of arterial injury and repair to assess vascular stem cell therapies. 05/08/2013 04/08/2015 299405
3 Edinburgh & Lothian Health Foundation Nicholas Mills High-Sensitivity Troponin in the Assessment of Stable angina (High-STATS) 01/05/2013 30/04/2014 38442
4 European Commission Mark Miller nanoMILE: Engineered namomaterial mechanisms of interactions with living systems and the environment: a universal framework for safe nanotechnology. 01/03/2013 28/02/2017 160710
5 European Union FP7 Mark Miller NanoMILE: Engineered Nanomaterials Mechanisms of Interaction with Living Systems and the Environment: A Universal Framework for Safe Nanotechnology 01/01/2013 31/12/2017 168592
6 British Heart Foundation Nicholas Mills High Sensitive Troponin Assay in the Evaluation of Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome (HighSTEACS): A randomised controlled trial. 01/08/2012 31/07/2015 702166
7 CHSS Nicholas Mills High sensitivity troponin for early detection of cardiac involvement in myotonic dystrophy 01/04/2012 30/09/2013 3600
8 Colt Foundation Nicholas Mills Translocation and systemic distribution of Inhaled gold nanoparticles 01/03/2012 28/02/2014 207142
9 British Heart Foundation Nicholas Mills Fire-fighters and acute myocardial infarction: understanding mechanisms and reducing cardiovascular risk 01/08/2011 31/07/2013 197235
10 Chief Scientist Office Nicholas Mills Vascular injury and repair in premature coronary artery disease: understanding the role of endothelial progenitor cells. 01/03/2011 01/03/2013 264741