Hypertension honour for Radek
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Patients with hypertension are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack and four times more likely to suffer a stroke.
Forty-five years ago, the International Society of Hypertension was established, “committed to promoting and encouraging the advancement of scientific research and knowledge and its application to the prevention and management of heart disease and stroke in hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases around the world.”
More recently, the ISH set up a New Investigators Network (ISHNIN) “to serve as a platform for interaction between students and new investigators and allow new avenues for communication, collaboration and education.” As part of the ISHNIN website, a ‘New Investigator of the Month’ is featured, with a photo and a questionnaire about their work and background.
And the very first ISHNIN New Investigator of the Month is Radek Debiec, currently studying for A PhD in our Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. Originally trained at the Medical University of Lodz in Poland, Radek came to Leicester a few years ago on one of our 50th Anniversary Scholarships. He currently combines his research - into the genetics of the urotensin 2 signalling pathway and how it affects hypertension and kidney disease – with his role as a junior doctor at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and his other role as father of an 18-month-old.