Bob Anderson is a medically qualified anatomist. Throughout his career he has investigated the structure and development of normal and congenitally malformed hearts, with special emphasis on the disposition of the cardiac conduction tissues. He began his studies at the University of Manchester, but from the outset collaborated with colleagues in Liverpool. His own development was strengthened by a year spent in Amsterdam, where he collaborated with Anton Becker. On his return to the United Kingdom he was based first at Royal Brompton Hospital, and subsequently at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. On his alleged “retirement”, in 2007, he was made Emeritus Professor at University College, London. He remains deeply involved in collaborative research, seeking in particular to clarify the development of both normal and abnormal hearts. This is achieved through his appointment as Professorial Fellow at the Biosciences Institute of Newcastle University. He retains his involvement in education, particularly in the United States of America, where he makes regular visits to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Texas Children’s Hospiutal, and the congenital heart centers in Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Denver. He continues to participate in regular Masterclasses organised in Pittsburgh. Within the United Kingdom, his primary collaboration now is with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he is appointed as Honorary Consultant.
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