2 May: 'Strength in numbers: lessons from large-scale research in vascular surgery' - Professor Matt Bown

Posted by dmrbp1 at Dec 06, 2016 01:40 PM |
Part of the Professorial Inaugural Lecture series

"Strength in numbers: lessons from large-scale research in vascular surgery"
Professor Matt Bown, CVS

This lecture was held on Tuesday 2 May 2017 at 5.30pm in the LT1 and Atrium, Centre for Medicine.

Lecture Synopsis

Thousands of people each year have surgery to prevent abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture. Aneurysms develop over many years before they get to the stage of needing surgery. The health of people with aneurysms could be improved over this time before surgery, either by preventing the aneurysm progressing to the point where surgery is required, or by using this time to improve the general health of these people with aneurysms. Professor Bown's talk focussed on the use of large scale research projects to identify what causes aneurysms and how the findings from this research might change the way we care for people with aneurysms in the future.


Prof Bown's continuing research programme is focussed on investigating the pathogenesis and management of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).

Laboratory research mainly involves studying the genetics of AAA. To date he and his team have identified several genes that increase the risk of an individual having an AAA, work that has uncovered that one of the key reasons people get AAA is because of differences in the way they control the movement of fat in their body.

Prof Bown's clinical research is focussed on the way we care for patients with aneurysms before they need an operation to repair their AAA, including how we screen people to find AAA before they cause symptoms.

His programme of research includes a BHF funded UK-wide prospective cohort study of men with AAAs, the UK Aneurysm Growth Study, two NIHR funded projects examining whether women should be screened for AAA as well as men, and a new health data science project using routinely gathered NHS healthcare data to find out what happens to men after they have been screened for AAA.


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