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News of how the National Heart & Lung Institute is being supported by the Foundation

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Every year the Foundation assists the National Heart & Lung Institute by providing grants, facilities, equipment and premises.

As a result of this support NHLI is able to attract the most outstanding young scientists. Funding is given for PhD Studentships, in direct support to Research Postgraduate students, and to enable the work of teams led by senior NHLI staff members. Two examples are included below.


Dr Sanjay Prasad, Viscount Royston Fellow and Consultant Cardiologist to
(a) focus research into the risk of ventricular arrhythmia and heart failure
(b) focus on early detection of patients with cardiomyopathy
(c) help establish a unique large family clinic for screening and
(d) help establish a large biobank which is assisting the work of the team’s genetic colleague.

Dr Prasad’s ongoing cardiology research includes looking at genetic profiles in patients with cardiomyopathy, and the development of greater understanding of aspects of dilated cardiomyopathy.

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Prof Jadwiga (Wisia) Wedzicha, NHLI Clinical Chair in Respiratory Medicine, is overseeing a Medical Research Council Partnership scheme, uniting eight hospitals/universities (coordinated by Imperial) to undertake COPD related research.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the fourth most common cause of death worldwide. Much research and scientific support to date has focused on alleviation of the effects of the disease. This Early COPD Partnership scheme aims to actively monitor a cohort of 1000 individuals aged in their 30s and 40s, who are smokers and therefore in the risk category for developing COPD in later life. By gathering together data relating to all aspects of the health and lifestyle of this cohort it is expected that it will be possible to identify ways that COPD can be treated as early as possible.

For the latest published facts and figures about the National Heart & Lung Foundation please click here for Annual Report and click here for Annual Accounts.

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