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Professor Gavin Perkins



Professor in Critical Care Medicine


WMS - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
University of Warwick
Tel: +44 (0)2476 150925

Research Interests

Health service research including clinical trials Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Cardiac arrest Care of the critically ill patient Emergency care Resuscitation


Gavin Perkins is Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Warwick. He leads the emergency and critical care group within Warwick Clinical Trials Unit. He served as Chief Investigator for the BALTI, BALTI-prevention and PARAMEDIC-1 (LUCAS) trial and is currently Chief Investigator for the PARAMEDIC-2 (Adrenaline) and Breathe Trials. Clinically he holds appointments as a Consultant Physician in Critical Care Medicine at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and MERIT Team Consultant with West Midlands Ambulance Service. Prof Perkins is a Director of Research for the Intensive Care Foundation and Clinical Speciality Lead for Critical Care (West Midlands CRN), Division 6 Clinical Research Lead (West Midlands CRN). He has been a member (2000-10) and then chairman (2010-present) of the ALS Sub-committee during which time he developed, evaluated and implemented the e-ALS course. He has served as ILCOR and ERC Co-chair for BLS/AED since 2010. In these roles he has developed collaborative networks with international partners and co-ordinated the revision to the 2015 Utstein cardiac arrest template. He was elected as ILCOR Co-chair in 2015.

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Local regulation of steriod metabolism in ARDS Date of Completion:2009
  • Epithelial cell injury and repair in ARDS Date of Completion:2008
  • Modulation of neutrophil apoptosis in acute lung injury Date of Completion:2007
  • Effect of beta agonists on epithelial permeability Date of Completion:2008
  • The Impact of Inhaled Beta Agonists on an Operative Model of Acute Lung Injury Date of Completion:2010
  • Magnesium sulphate for the prevention of supra-ventricular dysrhythmias following non-cardiac thoracic surgery Date of Completion:2009
  • Neutrophil chemotaxis in interstitial lung disease and ARDS Date of Completion:2007
  • The feasibility of performing a randomised controlled trial of therapeutic hypothermia for neuroprotection after paediatric cardiac arrest in the UK Date of Completion:2012
  • Does the prophylactic administration of magnesium sulphate to patients undergoing thoracotomy for non-cardiac surgery, prevent post-operative supra-ventricular dyshythmias : a randomised controlled trial? Date of Completion:2009
  • Optimising processes to improve outcomes following in-hospital cardiac arrests Date of Completion:2013
  • A Case Control Study of Oxidative Stress markers and Antioxidants in Asthma Date of Completion:2012
  • Strategies to improve quality of CPR Date of Completion:2011
  • Does Microsim predict performance in a clinical simulation? Date of Completion:2010
  • Debriefing after cardiac arrest Date of Completion:2014

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