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A Shrewsbury professor, who is pioneering groundbreaking research into cardiovascular rehabilitation, has travelled nearly 7,000 miles to address delegates at a leading health conference in Singapore.

John Buckley, Professor of Applied Exercise Science at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) and its Centre for Active Living, was invited to present at an international cardiac rehab conference, the Singapore Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation Symposium (SPCRS) 2017, which took place in October.

The theme of the event was ‘Advances in cardiac rehabilitation for improved health.’

Prof Buckley, who has recently led a study investigating the benefits of External Counter Pulsation (ECP) Therapy to improve cardiovascular health, delivered a 40 minute presentation to more than 300 delegates, as well as a four hour workshop for around 50 exercise medicine doctors and physiotherapists.

SPCRS 2017 is a comprehensive event that brings together cardiologists, trainees, general physicians, nursing and allied healthcare professionals, as well as anyone involved in the multidisciplinary cardiac rehabilitation team, under one roof.

The Symposium incorporates key lectures on e-health, policy and strategy, nursing and allied health as well as exercise prescription.

Prof Buckley said: “It was a great honour to be invited to speak at this international conference alongside leaders in rehabilitation from the World Health Organisation and the European Society of Cardiology. Over the last 10 years I have had the pleasure of tutoring Singapore postgraduate students studying in both Chester and Shrewsbury. It was great to catch up with them again and have them assist me with the delivery of the workshop. I am delighted to have had another invitation to speak at the Sports Medicine Society Conference in May next year.”

As well as his UCS role, Prof Buckley has held positions as the Founding Chair of the International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, President of the British Association for Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, and Exercise Physiologist at the National McArdle Neuromuscular Disease Clinic at the Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, now based at University College Hospital, London.

In Shropshire, during the last three decades, he has helped to create a range of services to improve health. He founded the Lifestyle Fitness and Physiotherapy Centre at Radbrook Green, which he managed for 21 years with his business partners; helped create Shropshire's Exercise Referral Scheme; and designed and managed the Exercise for Health and Rehabilitation Centre at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for 10 years.

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