Dr Martin R Cowie is Professor of Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London. Dr Cowie currently chairs the Clinical Practice Committee of the British Cardiac Society and sits on the UK Department of Health’s Primary Care and Heart Failure Implementation Board. He was the clinical advisor for the recently published National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guideline on the management of chronic heart failure and is a member of the Clinical Effectiveness Forum of the Royal College of Physicians. He has just completed a term of office on the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the European Society of Cardiology. Dr Cowie’s studies and reviews have been featured in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including The Lancet, European Heart Journal, British Medical Journal, Heart and the International Journal of Cardiology. He is a member of the editorial board of Heart, The British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Diseases, and Cardiovascular Diabetology. He has contributed chapters to many books and recently wrote a short book for patients entitled Living with Heart Failure – a guide for patients. After studying medicine at Aberdeen University, he trained in cardiology at University College and Imperial College, London and also undertook a Wellcome Research Training Fellowship and Masters in Clinical Epidemiology.