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Prof Christi Deaton

Florence Nightingale Foundation Professor of Clinical Nursing Research, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine and Cambridge University Hospitals


Cambridge, UK

Christi Deaton took up her current post as the Florence Nightingale Foundation Professor of Clinical Nursing Research at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cambridge Institute of Public Health (CIPH) and Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust (CUHFT) in November 2013, where she leads the Clinical Nursing Research Group. Her current research interests focus on exercise, physical activity and nutrition as therapy for patients with heart failure and other long term conditions, adherence to physical activity, cardiovascular prevention, and nurse-led services. A major component of her role is developing research capacity and capability among nurses, midwives and AHPs at CUHFT, and mentoring the next generation of researchers.  


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Professor Deaton has worked with CUHFT leadership and staff to develop a nursing, midwifery and AHP research strategy, and has secured funding from the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (CBRC) and Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) for internal research training fellowships.  Professor Deaton is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, the European Society of Cardiology and the American Academy of Nursing.  She serves on the review panel for the NIHR Career Development and Senior Research Fellowship Awards, and is active in a number of professional organisations including the British Cardiovascular Society.


Professor Deaton began her career in nursing in the US, and has extensive clinical practice experience in critical care and cardiovascular patient care.  Following completion of her PhD in 1994 she was coordinator of outcomes research for Emory Heart Centre, Emory University before joining the Emory University School of Nursing.  During that time she conducted research with patients with heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and those undergoing coronary intervention and surgery, funded by grants from the American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health and Industry, and was a co-investigator in the COURAGE randomised clinical trial 2000 – 2007.  Prior to her post in Cambridge, Professor Deaton held a joint Chair in Nursing at the University of Manchester and University Hospital of South Manchester (2004 – 2010) then Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust (2010 – 2013).   In Manchester she was the lead for heart disease in the Greater Manchester NIHR CLAHRC, leading a successful programme to improve evidence-based care for patients with heart failure in primary care (2008 – 2013).