Highlights from first day of the British Cardiovascular Society Conference

9 June 2015        

Lord Robert Winston presenting at the BCS conference The BCS Annual Conference is the major UK conference for cardiovascular medicine and research. Much of the breakthroughs and studies being presented are funded by us.
Ben Kolb from our Research Communications team presents some of the highlights.

Many of the UK’s top cardiologists and cardiovascular researchers have headed to Manchester for the BCS Conference. Over the next few days we’ll share the latest from the Conference.

Hitting the headlines

The Conference kicked off with an inspiring talk from renowned scientist Lord Robert Winston. But before any of the sessions started, research into how fat can fight heart disease was in many of the papers including The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail reported on how research we funded might mean a new test to detect risk of heart failure after a heart attack.

The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘Hearts and Genes’ so many of the sessions are on genetic research into heart conditions including those that can strike suddenly without warning and take the lives of seemingly healthy people.

Hopes for treatments

BHF Professor Hugh Watkins, whose research we funded that led to the biggest breakthroughs in the genetics and testing for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – an inherited heart muscle disease spoke about the 25 years of progress he’s made. As well as hearing about that incredible past, we were inspired by the hopes of future treatments for what can be a deadly condition.

Our partners at BIRAX are at the Conference too – we’re funding three pioneering regenerative medicine projects with them that could mean new treatments for heart failure and heart attack in the near future. Cutting edge regenerative medicine was also presented on Monday as well – it could be possible to grow entire blood vessels to use in bypass surgery making the procedure much less complicated.

Coming up

Today there is a whole day of talks around our Alliance activity and support for healthcare professionals, including nurses, looking after heart patients across the country. We’ll report back about them tomorrow.

In the meantime, if you want to know what’s happening live, visit our Twitter feed and follow #BCS2015.