Professor Pankaj Sharma is the Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Research, Royal Holloway University of London. He was formally head of Imperial College Cerebrovascular Research Unit at Imperial College London. He holds doctorates from both the Universities of Cambridge and London. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Cardiovascular Disease, Hon. Medical Director of Different Strokes, a UK national charity which seeks to support young stroke victims, Chair of the London Cardiovascular Society and founding Trustee & Treasurer of the South Asian Health Foundation, a charity which serves to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease in South Asians living in the UK. A former Dept of Health Senior Fellow, British Heart Foundation Clinician Scientist at Cambridge University and Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Medical School, he has a long standing interest in the genetics of hypertension, cardio- and cerebrovascular disease. He has published extensively in the field and is an internationally recognized authority on the genetic basis of stroke.