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. Rachel Sacks from our Research Communications team presents some of the highlights from the final day.
Hitting the Headlines
The conference went out with a bang, as BHF Professor David Eisner presented his research into how a faulty gene involved in an abnormal heart rhythm disorder called CPVT can have fatal consequences brought on by exercise.
The ground breaking research grabbed headlines and hearts across the UK as Doctor Luigi Venetucci – a clinician in the research team – and 29 year old Daniel Whittaker – who suffers from the genetic condition – opened up to the BBC Breakfast team. Daniel was joined by his daughter and wife as his daughter Lily has tested positive for CPVT following Daniel’s diagnosis.
The University of Manchester research was also featured on the Today programme, 5Live and many local newspapers and radio broadcasts ahead of the presentation.
Professor Eisner’s presentation was part of a series of talks surrounding research into the new horizons in exercise and inherited heart conditions. Professor Paulus Kirchhof, a BHF Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, also presented his clinical research which is looking at earlier treatments for patients with atrial fibrillation – a type of abnormal heart rhythm – to prevent strokes. One in five strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation. This research could lead to immediate and important changes in the way this patient group is treated.
BHF Professor Steve Humphries was among those who presented talks about familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) – an inherited condition which causes dangerously high levels of cholesterol in the blood from an early age. His research has led to screening methods for FH, allowing those with the condition to be identified and treated, giving them the best chance of living longer, healthier lives.
Involving Patients in Research
Our Associate Medical Director, Dr Mike Knapton, talked about involving patients and the public in research ahead of the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester hosting a cardiovascular disease event in their new pop-up space designed for creatively exploring new scientific research. This will happen in the lead up to the BCS conference in 2016.
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After three jam-packed days of exciting science, the BCS conference has closed its doors for another year. But the research and the fight against heart disease go on. We need your donations to help us fund more urgent cutting-edge research.