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Professor Gary Ford appointed Vice Chair of AHSN Network

Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, has been appointed Vice Chair of the AHSN Network, which brings together the 15 AHSN that cover England.

PRof Gary Ford, Oxford AHSNGary, who has led the Oxford AHSN since 2013, takes on the role this month.

Gary is also a Consultant Stroke Physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. He is Chair of the Executive Board of the Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and a member of the National Institute for Health Research Strategy Board.

Gary said: “I am delighted to be taking on this role at an important time for AHSNs. I will work closely with Mike and the other MDs to ensure the transition to our second five-year licence is a successful one.”

Gary developed the first thrombolysis protocol for acute stroke in England and the Face Arm Speech Test (FAST) now used to increase public and professional awareness of stroke. He was Director of the National Institute for Health Research Stroke Research Network from 2005-2013 and is a member of the NIHR Strategy Board.

Gary was awarded a CBE in 2013 for services to research in stroke medicine.