A hat-trick of awards for Leicester cardiologists

Posted by pt91 at Jun 07, 2011 05:15 PM |
All good things come in threes and for a team of Leicester scientists they’ve taken the form of a regional and two international awards.

The three prestigious awards are in respect of work on LifeMap, a new technology developed by scientists in our Departments of Cardiovascular Sciences and Engineering and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, which aims to identify people at risk of lethal heart rhythm disturbances.

Three million people die annually of sudden cardiac death, 100,000 in the UK alone. These deaths could be prevented with a device called an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), inserted in a minor operation. However, it is very difficult to work out who needs an ICD because current risk markers for sudden cardiac death are limited. This has led the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to call for research into new risk markers.

The research creates a ‘LifeMap’ - an electrical map of sudden cardiac death risk using an ECG - and combines it with a cardiac MRI anatomical map of arrhythmia risk.

Dr Will Nicolson recently won the ‘Young Investigator Award’ at the international CardioRhythm 2011 conference and the East Midlands Engineering and Science Professionals ‘Master’s Prize’ for his work on the project. And the team has just received a Medical Futures Innovation Award for LifeMap.

These awards build on the ‘Clinical Impact Award’ which the team previously received from the Da Vinci Health Technology Innovation Network. They are now pushing forward after these endorsements by prestigious organisations and are looking towards collaboration with industry on a clinical version of the device.

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