Dr Prapa Kanagaratnam has been a consultant cardiologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust since 2005. He was educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham and graduated with a medical degree from St Johns College, Cambridge, winning scholarships at both institutions. He joined Imperial College London in 1998 to undertake a PhD on a British Heart Foundation Junior Research Fellowship investigating the role of gap junctions in human atrial fibrillation. He was awarded the British Cardiac Society Young Investigator Prize for this work and obtained his PhD in 2002. He continued his research in the field of cardiac arrhythmias throughout his clinical cardiology training and secured further funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Wellcome Trust to supervise several PhDs.