Djordje Jakovljevic

Professor and Research Theme Lead, Cardiovascular and Lifestyle Medicine, Dr, Faculty Research Centre (CSELS), Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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      Cardiovascular implications of Covid-19 in middle-age and older people.

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      Dr Djordje Jakovljevic joined the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences of Coventry University in July 2020 as a Professor and Research Lead where he established Cardiovascular and Lifestyle Medicine Research Theme. Between 2009 and 2020, he developed and successfully led research programme in cardiovascular ageing and heart failure under academic mentorship of Professor Sir Doug Turnbull at Faculty of Medical Sciences of Newcastle University. Djordje completed Doctoral training in heart failure and clinical cardiovascular physiology at Buckinghamshire University and Harefield Hospital under mentorship of Professor David Brodie and Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub. Prior to doctoral training he also completed a MSc (Brunel University, London) and BSc (University of Belgrade, Serbia). Due to excellent academic achievements at undergraduate and postgraduate studies he received several highly prestigious scholarships and awards, including those from the Royal Family of Serbia, Government of Serbia, Brunel and Buckinghamshire Universities. 

      Research Interests

      Development, evaluation and implementation of novel interventions and technologies to improve prevention, diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases. Our research has particularly focused on heart failure, from improving diagnosis and rehabilitation, to treatment and recovery of advanced heart failure using mechanical circulatory support. The research has further improved understanding of cardiovascular physiological and molecular changes with ageing and their malleability with lifestyle (physical activity and exercise) and pharmacological interventions to prevent onset of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.   

      Vision Statement

      We endeavour a multidisciplinary cardiovascular research with colleagues at Coventry University, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, national and international partners, to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease and heart failure, leading to improved length and quality of life of people across the world.    

      Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

      In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

      • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

      External positions

      Visiting Professor, Newcastle University

      Visiting Professor, University of Belgrade


      • R Medicine (General)
      • Cardiovascular function
      • Heart failure
      • Ageing
      • Haemodynamics
      • Physical activity and exercise
      • Prevention
      • Clinical exercise physiology and pathophysiology
      • Rehabilitation
      • Clinical research


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