SOCRATES Executives

MBChB, MD (Distinction), PhD, DSc, FRACP, FRCP,FAHA, FRSNZ

Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI), NUHS

Professor of Cardiovascular Studies, National Heart Foundation of NZ

Consultant in Cardiology, Canterbury District Health Board

Professor in Medicine (Personal Chair), Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch

Prof Richards is the Director of the Cardioendocrine Research Group, University of Otago, Christchurch since 1996. As founder of the CCERG Prof Richards has coordinated an integrated programme of research incorporating clinical applied research, cardiovascular peptide biochemistry, molecular biology and preclinical physiology. Prof Richards has managed a diverse group of over 45 Doctors, Nurses, scientists, technicians and general staff. The CCERG has been prominent internationally in making many original contributions in the field of neurohormonal aspects of cardiovascular health and disease with particular world-leading discoveries in the natriuretic peptides over a period of 25 years.

Prof Richards has taken up the Directorship of the cardiovascular Research Institute , NUHS, Singapore as of October 2010.

Specialty Interest(s):

  • Heart Failure
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Coronary Intervention
  • Hypertension


Abstracts: First or co-author of more than 300 abstracts published in various cardiovascular, general medical, hypertension, clinical chemistry and endorcrinology journals since 1983.

Peer-Reviewed Papers:

Total 321 as of 23rd April 2010.