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BRU Cardiologist Receives Top Career Award

Posted by mb543 at Jan 20, 2017 01:45 PM |

 Professor Tony Gershlick has received a top clinical award for his cardiovascular work which has spanned more than 30 years.

The consultant cardiologist from the Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) was presented with the inaugural British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) Lifetime Achievement Career Award.

Professor Gershlick has been involved in coronary intervention shortly after it was introduced in the UK. He carried out his first procedure in the mid-1980s and still remains active clinically, being on-call for patients with heart attacks and having a full clinical practice.

Professor Gershlick

The research work he has conducted has changed the way people are treated and his findings have been used as part of international treatment guidelines.

Professor Gershlick, who is also an honorary professor of interventional cardiology at the University of Leicester and consultant cardiologist at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “This is indeed a true honour and my sincere thanks go to BCIS for this recognition, and to all those who have supported me and our efforts in Leicester and Nationally in trying to make a difference - colleagues, family and friends, and especially all the patients who have volunteered to be part of research, both specifically in terms of cardiovascular disease, and in general medicine, the results of which influence how medicine is practiced.

“Charitable funding bodies such as the BHF who by providing funding, ensure research continues to influence how we should best manage patients.”

BRU manager Dr Martin Batty said: “We are hugely proud to have Professor Tony Gershlick as part of our team. The work he has carried out has led to significant changes to treatment and outcomes, which will benefit  patients for many years to come.

“We are very glad to see his hard work has been recognised and we will continue to support him in all the studies he carries out.”

BRU Investigator talks about gentic link to AAA

Posted by mb543 at Dec 08, 2016 11:25 AM |

Thousands of lives could be saved every year after it was discovered a fatal cardiovascular condition could be linked to four genes, research has found. A 10-year project, led by Professor Matt Bown from the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and Leicester Cardiovascular BRU, looked at 10,000 people worldwide and found those who had suffered an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) had four genes in common. It is hoped that the findings could help doctors understand more about the condition, which can lead to fatal internal bleeding if left untreated.

Professor Bown said: “Abdominal aortic aneurysm commonly affects the older population and can only be treated by surgery. “Early detection is key to this condition which, if left untreated, can become a ticking time bomb for patients. Thousands of people die from burst AAAs each year, yet about one in five men do not attend their free screening appointments so we can’t detect if there may be a problem. “The discovery of the four genes, which is the culmination of more than a decade of a global research effort, could help us determine those at risk much earlier. If we are able to do this, then we could potentially save thousands of lives.”

The study was an international collaboration with researchers from New Zealand, South Africa, Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Iceland, Australia, Denmark, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Estonia, Germany, Sweden and the USA. 

To see more about the story, which featured on East Midlands Today, please click on the link below .

 

 

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