Missing Madeleine McCann: Gerry McCann is now a professor at the University of Leicester
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Gerry McCann is a Professor at the University of Leicester and has supervised several postgrad students docturates.
He is the father of Madeleine McCann, the girl at the heart of “the most heavily reported missing person case in modern history”.
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The little girl went missing in May 2007 during a family holiday in Portugal after her parents Gerry and Kate left the three-year-old and her twin siblings alone in their holiday apartment.
Over 10 years later and the whereabouts of Madeleine and the details of what happened to her that night are still not known.
A new Netflix series focusing on the case was released this week, drawing ever more attention to the mystery of missing Madeleine McCann.
Her parents have always denied any involvement in her disappearance and have raised millions through Madeleine's Fund, an organisation they set up to help find their daughter. The government has also funded police investigations totalling £11.75 million.
With focus on the McCann’s due to the new documentary series, many have been left wondering what the family is like now.
In 2016 Gerry McCann was appointed as Professor of Cardiac Imaging and a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Career Development Fellow at the University of Leicester.
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Since then Professor McCann has gone on to work closely with several postgraduate students.
His University biography page says, “Gerry particularly enjoys developing the skills of his postgraduate students and has successfully supervised 4 to completion of their doctorate with another 6 in progress.”
Alongside his on campus activities, he has gained an international reputation as a cardiologist, leading research into heart disease and cardiac imaging, as well as changing the guidelines on MRI scans.
Last year, Professor McCann was awarded a prestigious research professorship, becoming one of only five eminent medical researchers in the country to have ever received the award.
Explaining his research aims to Leicester Biomedical Research Centre Professor McCann said he intends: “to identify which characteristics of patients with type 2 diabetes are most likely to be associated with early heart failure”.
If successful McCann and his team may be able to create treatments to reduce the risk of heart failure which would subsequently improve patients’ health and save the NHS money by reducing hospital admissions for heart failure.
Overall, Professor McCann is highly skilled and holds leading roles in the cardiology field. He's the deputy lead for Cardiovascular Research in the NIHR East Midlands CRN, Clinical Lead for research in the Trust Cardiorespiratory clinical management group and the Translational Medicine Facility, Chairs the Trust MRI research board, co-chairs the research group of the British Society of Cardiovascular MRI and is chair of the British cardiovascular society clinical specialty group on valvular heart disease.
The mystery around his daughter's disappearance continues, Madeleine turns 16-years-old in May.