Patrick studied for a degree in Applied Chemistry at the Polytechnic of Newcastle-upon-Tyne followed by a PhD at Strathclyde University. His interests centre on the structure and function of the vascular wall in health and disease. He subsequently spent four years at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh. In 1998 Patrick joined the Endocrinology Unit at the Western General Hospital before moving with the group to The Queen's Medical Research Institute.
He is currently a Reader in the Centre for Cardiovascular Science.
The central theme of Patrick's work is augmented by important collaborative research addressing the underlying mechanisms of vascular remodelling, the pathophysiology of aneurysm development and the role of environmental pollution in atherothrombosis. This includes development of state-of-the-art imaging techniques to allow improved investigation of vascular remodelling in vivo and in vitro.
Patrick has established collaborations across the three Centres in the Queen's Medical Research Institute and with scientists in other Universities. He has also played a key role in the emerging research staff societies at the University of Edinburgh. These societies are run exclusively for and by research staff, and are already having a direct impact on researchers and on the support they receive at the University.