Professor Michael Frenneaux qualified from Westminster Medical School in 1980 and was awarded the Gold Medal for the highest overall marks in the MBBS final examinations from the (then) 12 medical schools in the University of London.
After Senior House Officer posts at Hammersmith and Brompton Hospitals and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, he subsequently trained in clinical cardiology and undertook research in Edinburgh, Hammersmith and St George’s Hospitals in London and Christchurch, New Zealand.
After appointment to a joint post as Clinical Senior Lecturer (University of Queensland) and Clinical Director of Cardiology at Royal Brisbane Hospital, Australia in 1991, he was promoted to Professor of Medicine, additionally taking on the role of Deputy Director of Medicine for Royal Brisbane Hospital in 1995.
He was subsequently the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Sir Thomas Lewis Chair of Cardiology in Cardiff and BHF Chair of Cardiology in Birmingham before being appointed to the Regius Chair of Medicine in Aberdeen in 2009 – this is the oldest Chair of Medicine in the English speaking world (established in 1497) and is appointed by the Queen.
In January 2015, Professor Frenneaux took up the post of Dean of Norwich Medical School at University of East Anglia, and in May 2018, he took up the post of Chief of Scientific, Academic and Faculty Affairs, Academic Health System at Hamad Corporation.
He is Honorary Professor of Medicine at University of Aberdeen, Visiting Professor of Medicine at Imperial College, London, Adjunct Professor at College of Health and Life Sciences, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London.
He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and has been a research panel member for the Medical Research Council, British Heart Foundation and Academy of Medical Sciences. He currently holds a Programme Grant from the Medical Research Council and grants from the British Heart Foundation. He was a non-executive board member of the Eastern Academic Health Sciences Network until taking up the current post.
Professor Frenneaux is a clinical scientist with interests in heart failure and heart muscle disease. His research is bed-to-bench and back to bedside. He is an integrated physiologist with wide interests, including the inorganic nitrate/nitrite axis, cardiac energetic impairment and metabolic therapies, vascular physiology as well as inter-ventricular and ventriculo-vascular coupling.