University of Leicester professor receives life-saving technology award

Posted by pt91 at Jul 14, 2016 11:30 AM |
EHRA Inventors Award presented for new technology which identifies patients at risk of sudden cardiac death

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 13 July 2016

A Leicester professor has scooped a top award for his life-saving research.

Professor André Ng from the University of Leicester received the Inventors Award from the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA).

The prize recognises Professor Ng’s novel method which identifies patients who are at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) and could potentially save thousands of lives.

The research work leading up to this has been supported by the University of Leicester and Leicester Hospitals as well as a research fellowship from within the NIHR Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) funding.

Professor Ng, who is a consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at Leicester’s Hospitals and the NIHR BRU, said: "I am absolutely thrilled! To have been shortlisted as one of the three finalists among strong applications from many centres in Europe was great and to have won the award was magnificent.”

“The award is a recognition of the work not only in its scientific value but also the innovation behind the invention and commercialisation potential.

“The EHRA Inventors Award would help progress the technology to the next level and make it closer for us to develop this into a valuable clinical tool to improve patient care as a commercially available product.”

Professor Ng was given an award consisting of a diploma and a financial grant €5.000 which can be used for a course in entrepreneurship or comparable, in order to support him in further developing their invention.

The new technology tests people to see which of those at risk of SCD would benefit from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).

The ICD delivers a shock to the heart when the rhythm becomes erratic.

Across the globe, over three million people a year are killed by SCD.

The Inventors Award was created to innovative clinicians and scientists working in the field of arrhythmia and electrophysiology.

The innovation project should relate to the field of EP and address any novel approach, which may include software, hardware and drugs.

Currently, there is no effective means to assess the risk of SCD in many patient groups.

The use of this new technology may mean that a real difference will be made to the assessment and treatment of patients, which could help to save lives.

The NIHR BRUs are focused on translational clinical research, taking new ideas from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside to improve health.

The NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular BRU at Glenfield Hospital harnesses the power of experimental science to explore and develop ways to help prevent and treat cardiovascular conditions.

It is a partnership between the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

The BRU is one of 20 units around England funded by the NIHR, the research arm of the NHS.

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  • The Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit at Glenfield Hospital aims to improve the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The unit provides state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to assist researchers in their complex projects. LCBRU is one of 20 BRUs in England funded by the NIHR. LCBRU is a partnership between the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The Unit's director is Professor Sir Nilesh Samani and the manager is Dr Martin Batty.
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