Franco moved to Warwick in July 2005 to take up the newly established Cephalon Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine & Epidemiology. He is a cardiovascular physician at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, a clinical epidemiologist and a public health expert. He trained at Charing Cross Hospital, St George's Hospital Medical School and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London. In 2000 he became Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Primary Care at St George's, University of London.
His main interests are in the prevention, detection and management of hypertension and its complications of the heart, brain, kidneys and the circulation. His research interests are the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, nutrition and health, metabolic abnormalities and cardiovascular risk, risk in ethnic minorities, both in developed and developing countries.
He is the Vice-President of the British Hypertension Society, Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nutrition and Director of the European Society of Hypertension Centre of Excellence.
He is the author of more than 400 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books.