Dr Hasnain (Hayes) Dalal qualified from the University of Sheffield in 1981 and is the joint lead investigator on the REACH-HF study. He was a GP partner at the Three Spires Medical Practice in Truro until his retirement from General Practice in March 2015. He is currently a senior clinical researcher at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and honorary clinical associate professor at the University of Exeter Medical School.
Since 1997 Dr. Dalal has conducted various NHS funded research projects in collaboration with patients, clinicians and academics involving heart disease and rehabilitation.
Rod Taylor is the joint lead on the REACH-HF Project. He is currently Professor of Health Services Research and Academic lead for the Exeter Clinical Trials Support Network at the Exeter Medical School, University of Exeter in UK and National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator. His former academic appointments include the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Universities of Birmingham and Glasgow and he was first Director of Technology Appraisals at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
He has published over 230 peer review articles the field of health services research and health technology assessment. Rod’s main research interests include development and evaluation of secondary prevention and rehabilitation strategies for heart disease, clinical trial design for complex interventions, use of surrogate outcomes in clinical trials and reimbursement health care policy, and comparative effectiveness research for evaluation of medical devices.
Supported by an NIHR Programme Grant and in collaboration with Cochrane Heart Group in 2009-2011 he led a programme of research that included production of the current six Cochrane reviews of cardiac rehabilitation. He was co-investigator on the three previous UK randomised controlled trials (CHARMS, BRUM and BRUM-HF) of home-based cardiac rehabilitation in post-MI, post-vascularisation and heart failure populations.
Rod is currently Chair of NIHR Research, Health Service & Development Research Panel and South West RfPB funding panel, and Core member of NIHR HTA Themed Call Board, NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Researcher-Led panel, 2013-present and Core group of Methodological Experts for the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research programme. He is a member of the editorial board for International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, Pain Practice, Neuromodulation, Cochrane Heart Group and acts as methodological reviewer for a number of peer review journals.