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Professor Ford represents the Academic Health Science Networks on the NIHR Strategy Board.
Gary is Chief Executive of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, Consultant Stroke Physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor of Stroke Medicine at Oxford University. Professor Ford graduated from Cambridge University and held a clinical pharmacology fellowship at Stanford University, USA, before returning to the UK and establishing a comprehensive stroke service in Newcastle in the early 1990s.
He held the Jacobson Chair of Clinical Pharmacology at Newcastle University from 2007–2013 and was Director of the NIHR Stroke Research Network from 2005–2014. Professor Ford has been involved in many service innovations in UK stroke care in the last 25 years, including developing the first thrombolysis protocol for acute stroke in England, and developed the Face Arm Speech Test (FAST), now used to increase public and professional awareness of stroke. He chaired the Emergency Response Working Group of the English Stroke Strategy. He was awarded the CBE in 2013 for services to research in stroke medicine. In 2018 he was identified as one of seven key researchers whose work has transformed care in the NHS.