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British Heart Foundation and Alan Turing Institute awards to Cambridge

last modified Jan 07, 2019 09:28 AM

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the Alan Turing Institute (ATI) have awarded the University of Cambridge over £200,000 for new, cutting-edge research that could transform how we diagnose and treat many heart and circulatory conditions.

Dr William Astle (Public Health and Primary Care) and Prof John Aston (Pure Maths and Mathematical Statistics) have received funding to analyse images of blood cells from 30,000 healthy people to identify genetic factors that could lead to heart attacks or strokes.

The scheme has also awarded funding to Dr Angela Wood, Prof Emanuele Di Angelantonio (Public Health and Primary Care) and Prof Mihaela van der Schaar (Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics). The team will develop cutting-edge machine learning and statistical methods to better identify patients at risk of heart and circulatory disease, on the basis of GP records as well as population studies.  

Further funding has been awarded to Dr Leonardo Bottolo and Prof Sylvia Richardson (MRC Biostatistics Unit), Dr Adam Butterworth and Dr James Peters (Public Health and Primary Care) who will study how genes can influence the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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