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Bob Norman

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
University of Leicester
United Kingdom


Bob graduated from the University of Leicester with a BSc in Biological Sciences in 1978. He was awarded a PhD from Imperial College, London, in 1981 for his work on the molecular characterisation of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. He then moved to the Université de Nice, France, as an EMBO Fellow, to work on the molecular characterisation of a variety of cation channel proteins. He returned to the University of Leicester in 1983 and joined the staff as a temporary lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry, before being appointed to a lectureship in Medical Biochemistry in the Department of Medicine in 1984. Bob was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1995. From 2007 to 2011 he was Deputy Head of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. Throughout this time, Bob’s research focused on the structure and regulation of cation channels, in particular the ATP-sensitive potassium channels in ventricular myocytes and vascular smooth muscle, including their role in ischaemic preconditioning. Bob has also worked on mechanisms underlying the development of essential hypertension, signalling perturbations associated with the development of urinary incontinence, and mechanisms of action of general anaesthetic agents.

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Student and staff use of intended learning outcomes Improving feedback to medical students Medical curriculum delivery by tablet computer, evaluation and development Critical incident and no-harm incident reporting to inform rapid medical curriculum change


  • Guraya SY, Norman RI, Roff S. Exploring the climates of undergraduate professionalism in a Saudi and a UK medical school. Medical Teacher 2016; 38: 630-632

  • Brooks S, Dobbins K, Scott JJA, Rawlinson M and Norman RI.Learning about learning outcomes: the student perspective. Teaching in Higher Education. 2014: 19(6): 721-733.

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