Leicester professor Nilesh Samani knighted for heart disease research

Professor Nilesh Samani
Image caption Professor Nilesh Samani said the honour was also recognition for his colleagues

A Leicester professor who has dedicated his career to heart disease research has been knighted in the New Year Honours.

Professor Nilesh Samani has been awarded the honour for services to medicine and medical research.

The 58-year-old is head of cardiovascular sciences at the University of Leicester.

He said the honour was "unexpected" but said it also recognised the contribution of his colleagues.

Professor Samani, who is also the British Heart Foundation's professor of cardiology, was one of the lead authors of an international study into new treatments for coronary heart disease in 2012.

"I was very surprised...It was unexpected," said Professor Samani.

"It's a reflection of what we are trying to achieve in Leicester. We are trying to build a world class clinical and research centre to improve the treatment of heart diseases, and I receive this award also as a recognition of my colleagues in Leicester.

"It is as much for them as it is for me."

Recipients of an MBE in the New Year's Honours are Dr Paul Kerryson, artistic director at Leicester's Curve Theatre, for services to theatre and Ann Bell from Exton, Rutland, for services to the community.

British Empire Medals for services to children and families have been awarded to Sandra Wevill, from Broughton Astley, Leicestershire and Nicholas Martin, co-founder and fundraiser for charity, Miracles To Believe In.

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