Belch, Jill

Professor

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1980 …2025

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Biography

Professor Belch graduated as a Doctor from the University of Glasgow (MBChB), becoming a Lecturer within the University Department of Medicine, where she completed her Research MD degree (Honours, winner of Belahouston Gold Medal) in 1987. She was appointed Senior Lecturer with Honorary Consultant status at the University Department of Medicine in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, also in 1987, and became Professor of Vascular Medicine in 1995. She was Director of the Tayside Clinical Trails Centre before becoming the Director of the Tayside Medical Science Centre (TASC) and the Tayside R&D Director. She is a founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science, and a Fellow of the Royal Society, Edinburgh.

Clinical Unit Activity - Ninewells Hospital

Professor and Honorary Consultant in Vascular Medicine. I set up the vascular medicine service in Ninewells which is currently run by 2 vascular medicine consultants, cross covering with 2 Stroke Physicians, providing a 1:4 on call service. This has included the development of outpatient facilities for medical assessment for patients with vasospastic, inflammatory and occlusive vascular disease, the development of laboratory tests for the accurate assessment of medical vascular problems, e.g. Raynaud's Phenomenon, (including Connective Tissue Disorders and Hand Arm Vibration disease), thrombophilia, erythromelalgia, the screening of peripheral vascular patients for risk factors and application of appropriate management. Patients are referred by both GPs and consultants locally and from throughout the UK. We are a tertiary referral centre for Systemic Sclerosis. I have also been responsible for the introduction of effective treatments for vascular disease. I provide formal medical advice to the vascular surgery team with whom I have both clinical and research links. I provide adjunctive medical management for the vascular surgery patient, e.g. prostaglandin therapy and have developed the provision of a new service of thrombolysis for acute arterial occlusion. I am also involved in regular audit programmes, e.g. restenosis rate following angioplasty.

Research

I have been involved for some time in research projects investigating vascular and rheumatic diseases and the therapeutic effects of various anti-rheumatic and anti-thrombotic agents. The focus has been on the mechanistic link between inflammation and vascular behaviour. The initial studies into laboratory biomarkers has been followed by medium and large sized clinical trials to validate the hypotheses, or otherwise, generated in the laboratory studies. Circa £1.5m/annum has been gained in grant funding since appointment in 1987.

After my appointment in the Dundee University Department of Medicine (now Division of Medicine & Therapeutics), the priority was to establish the Vascular Disease Research Unit. Funds for equipment were obtained from granting bodies and scientific research staff appointed. In the 20 years in Dundee the staff have, on average, numbers n=25, a mix of basic scientists, clinical academics and technical staff. All staff have been encouraged to contribute ideas and projects and, where suitable, some individuals offered the opportunity for further degrees (see list above). The laboratory staff currently consists of 1 reader, 1 senior scientific officer, 2 postdoctoral fellows, 2 PhD students and 4 technicians. Clinical links are provided by 2 Clinical Lecturers, 3 research fellows (2 undertaking their MD), a Clinical Trial Manager, and 6 research nurses. All staff but 2 are grant funded.

Assay systems have been established to measure inflammatory and vascular biomarkers, coagulation, haemorrheology and fibrinolysis. Areas of special interest have been developed, e.g. the inflammatory element of vascular disease with measures of WBC and free radical activity & the study of vascular endothelium. These techniques, combined with the ability to measure blood flow in both the macro- and microcirculation, have led to my publications in the field of vascular and inflammatory medicine. Roles in Multicentre Clinical Trials appear below, completed projects and single centre Trials appear in the publications list, projects currently underway are presented in the next Section.

A recent activity has been the establishment of the Institute of Cardiovascular Research via the TICR public fund raising appeal. This has raised circa £6.5m for the University, achieved strategic placement for Cardiovascular as one of the College’s research themes, and allowed 3 senior academic posts to be created in this field, and the purchase of a state of the art MRI scanner.

Teaching

Teaching involves both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and covers areas including Peripheral Arterial Disease, Connective Tissue Disease and Governance of Clinical Trials.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1976

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Projects

Research Output

Corrigendum to 'Global Vascular Guidelines on the Management of Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischemia' [European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery 58/1S (2019) 1-109]

Conte, M. S., Bradbury, A. W., Kolh, P., White, J. V., Dick, F., Fitridge, R., Mills, J. L., Ricco, J-B., Suresh, K. R., Murad, M. H., Aboyans, V., Aksoy, M., Alexandrescu, V-A., Armstrong, D., Azuma, N., Belch, J., Bergoeing, M., Bjorck, M., Chakfé, N., Cheng, S. & 30 others, Dawson, J., Debus, E. S., Dueck, A., Duval, S., Eckstein, H. H., Ferraresi, R., Gambhir, R., Garguilo, M., Geraghty, P., Goode, S., Gray, B., Guo, W., Gupta, P. C., Hinchliffe, R., Jetty, P., Komori, K., Lavery, L., Liang, W., Lookstein, R., Menard, M., Misra, S., Miyata, T., Moneta, G., Munoa Prado, J. A., Munoz, A., Paolini, J. E., Patel, M., Pomposelli, F., Powell, R. & Robless, P., Mar 2020, In : European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. 59, 3, p. 492-493 2 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    The year in cardiology: aorta and peripheral circulation

    Heiss, C., Pitcher, A., Belch, J. J. F., De Carlo, M., Reinecke, H., Baumgartner, I., Mazzolai, L. & Aboyans, V., 21 Jan 2020, In : European Heart Journal. 41, 4, p. 501-508b 10 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    A Multicenter, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Atorvastatin for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis: A multicenter, randomized, placebo controlled trial

    Kitas, G. D., Nightingale, P., Armitage, J., Sattar, N., Belch, J. J. F. & Symmons, D. P. M., Sep 2019, In : Arthritis and Rheumatology. 71, 9, p. 1437-1449 13 p.

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    ESVM Guideline on peripheral arterial disease

    PAD Guideline Writing Group, Frank, U., Nikol, S., Belch, J., ESVM Board Authors, Boc, V., Brodmann, M., Carpentier, P. H., Chraim, A., Canning, C., Dimakakos, E., Gottsäter, A., Heiss, C., Mazzolai, L., Madaric, J., Olinic, D. M., Pécsvárady, Z., Poredoš, P., Quéré, I., Roztocil, K. & 19 others, Stanek, A., Vasic, D., Visonà, A., Wautrecht, J-C., ESVM Country Society Authors, Bulvas, M., Colgan, M-P., Dorigo, W., Houston, G., Kahan, T., Lawall, H., Lindstedt, I., Mahe, G., Martini, R., Pernod, G., Przywara, S., Righini, M., Schlager, O. & Terlecki, P., 2019, In : VASA. 48, Supplement 102, p. 1-79 79 p.

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    Global vascular guidelines on the management of chronic limb-threatening ischemia

    Conte, M. S., Bradbury, A. W., Kolh, P., White, J. V., Dick, F., Fitridge, R., Mills, J. L., Ricco, J-B., Suresh, K. R. & Murad, M. H., 1 Jul 2019, In : European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. 58, 1, p. S1-S109.e33 142 p.

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  • 51 Citations (Scopus)

    Prizes

    Awarded OBE by Her Britannic Majesty for services to medicine

    Belch, Jill (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    ESVM Lifelong Achievement

    Belch, Jill (Recipient), 9 Oct 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Women In Medicine

    Belch, Jill (Recipient), 1 Nov 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    VII Annual Congress of the European Society for Vascular Medicine

    Jill Belch (Organiser)

    2 Sep 20214 Sep 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Peripheral Vascular Disease

    Jill Belch (Invited speaker)

    4 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    VI Annual Congress of the European Society of Medicine

    Jill Belch (Invited speaker)

    15 Oct 202017 Oct 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    The New ESVM PAD Guidelines

    Jill Belch (Invited speaker)

    10 Oct 201912 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Scottish Heart and Arterial Risk Prevention (SHARP) Annual Scientific Meeting: HARP stays SHARP to the bottom of the glass

    Jill Belch (Participant)

    21 Nov 201922 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Women In Medicine

    Jill Belch

    1/11/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    Order of the British Empire

    Jill Belch

    31/12/15

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    ME Test Results - Proof of Virus connection

    Jill Belch

    22/09/10

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Study shows ME/CFS 'virus link' found in children

    Jill Belch

    7/09/10

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Get randomised

    Jill Belch

    25/11/08

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Thesis

    Full Field Laser Perfusion Imaging and Post Occlusive Reactive Hyperaemia in the Skin Microcirculation: A Biomarker of Cardiovascular Disease Risk?

    Author: Adams, F., 2014

    Supervisor: Khan, F. (Supervisor) & Belch, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science

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    Systemic Cytokine Expression and Endothelial Dysfunction: Insights from Innate Immune Models of Protein Phosphorylation

    Author: Akbar, N., 2014

    Supervisor: Khan, F. (Supervisor) & Belch, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    The impact of a single brief intervention versus multiple contact lifestyle intervention on change in body weight and modifiable cardio vascular risk factors in adults who have undertaken cardiovascular risk screening

    Author: Rowland, J., 2016

    Supervisor: Belch, J. (Supervisor), Anderson, A. (Supervisor), Craigie, A. (Supervisor), Littleford, R. (Supervisor) & Bannerman, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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