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Cardiovascular Health

Introduction to our research into Cardiovascular Health

Research on salt in one minute!


The not so sweet side of Christmas

A short film highlighting how excessive consumption of sugar can affect our health – and how the sugar trade in the past and today has caused inequality and bloodshed.


The main research interests of the group (led by Professor Francesco Cappuccio) are the prevention, detection and management of hypertension and its complications, and the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease. The relationships between nutrition, metabolic abnormalities and cardiovascular risk, including risk assessment in ethnic minorities, both in developed and developing countries, are being studied.

Dr Michelle Miller, Associate Professor (Reader) in Biochemical Medicine, studies the role of inflammation and immunity in cardiovascular disease in populations, and supervises the genetic repository of Whitehall II and ELSA.

News

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The Journal of Human Hypertension becomes the official journal
of the British and Irish Hypertension Society.
March 2019
Read the Editorial of the President, Prof Francesco Cappuccio and follow the link to the Journal.

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Congratulations to the winners of the Annual General Meeting of the British and Irish Hypertension Society Prizes
Cambridge, September 2018
Professors Francesco Cappuccio, President of the British and Irish Hypertension Society, awarded the prizes at the Annual Dinner in the Great Hall of King's College in Cambridge to the following:
Clare Oliver - Williams (University of Cambridge) - Young Investigator Award to go to the Hypertension Conference of the American Heart Association for her talk “Maternal risk of fifteen cardiovascular outcomes after pre-eclampsia or gestational hypertension”.

Kathleen Connolly (University of Cambridge) - Young Investigator Award to go to the Hypertension Conference of the Australian High Blood Pressure Council for her talk “High Dietary Salt Is Associated with Increased Aortic Stiffness Independent of Blood Pressure”.
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Muti Goloba (St George's, University of London) - Young Investigator Award to go to the Hypertension Conference in the SIIA (Italian Society of Hypertension) for her talk “Microcirculatory changes in low birthweight infants in the 1st year of life”.
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Carlos Valencia - Hernandez (University College London)Dr Robert Grayson Award for his poster "Hypertension control and 5-year arterial stiffness progression".
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Martina Rooney (Ulster University)BIHS Nurses/Allied Health Professional Award for her poster "Measures of vascular health in a cohort of healthy adults stratified by MTHFR genotype".
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Triona McNicholas (Trinity College Dublin) - Poster Award for her poster “Symptoms of orthostatic intolerance and cerebral perfusion – Data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)”

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Certificate Course in Management of Hypertension (CCMH)
A collaboration for capacity building of healthcare professionals
in the African Region
Nairobi, Kenya, 25-26 February 2018
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Professor Francesco Cappuccio, President of the British & Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS), receives from Dr Sandeep Bhalla the thanks of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) for the contribution to the development of the CCMH. The CCMH is an ambitious global programme originally developed and implemented in India by the PHFI in collaboration with the International Society of Hypertension (ISH), the BIHS and the CCDC. The objective is to provide training to thousands of doctors across the globe to create awareness and to transfer skills necessary to identify, manage and control high blood pressure, number one killer in the world. The programme is now extending to the African continent in partnership with PASCAR, the Pan-African Society of Cardiology.


OMRON Academy: Hypertension Training
Phuket, Thailand, 8th December 2017

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Professor Francesco Cappuccio, President of the British and Irish Hypertension Society, launched the first 'Train the Trainer Session' of the OMRON Academy Hypertension Training Programme in Asia. The programme was developed in a partnership with OMRON Academy, the British and Irish Hypertension Society and the European Society of Hypertension. It was rolled over in several countries in Europe and in South America. The plan is now to extend it into the Asia and the Far East.

OMRON Academy is a curriculum framework made by the expert scientists of these societies, and offers continuous medical education for healthcare professionals. The training highlights specific challenges in the field of hypertension and offers updates on the latest advances in this field.

Participants included:

  • Prof A. Sukonthasarn - President (Thai Hypertension Society)
  • Prof S Sitthisook - Member (Thai Hypertension Society)
  • Prof T-D Wang - President (Taiwan Hypertension Society)
  • Dr H-Y Pan - Member (Taiwan Hypertension Society)
  • Prof T-C Chin - President (Singaporian Hypertension Society)
  • Prof H van Minh - President (Vietnam Society of Hypertension)
  • Prof T van Huy - Vice-President (Vietnam Society of Hypertension)
  • Dr E Harmeiwaty - Secretary 1 (Indonesian Society of Hypertension)
  • Dr R Soerarso Pratikto - Secretary 2 (Indonesian Society of Hypertension)
  • Prof N Verma - Secretary General (Indian Society of Hypertension)
  • Dr A Verma - Member (Indian Society of Hypertension)
  • Dr M Maung

Please see the Programme and a selection of images from the meeting.

Inaugural Scientific Meeting of the Midlands Cardiovascular Research Network

Leicester, 23 November 2017

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The Midlands Cardiovascular Research Network (MCVRN) was formed out of a common desire of partner universities to combine our expertise in cardiovascular research from fundamental discovery science to experimental medicine, and pre-clinical and human physiology to clinical and health improvement research. The partners are the universities of Aston, Birmingham, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick. Together, we will promote research on key issues in cardiovascular science that impact on human health and well being.

The network aims to be a platform to share expertise, resources and best-practice, and to build collaborations across the region that reflect our unique capabilities. We want to take advantage of our world-leading strengths in experimental and clinical cardiovascular research with a view to making best use of our large, diverse but stable population. Our co-operation will help us to achieve understanding of major health issues of our time, and to translate cutting-edge discoveries to clinical practice.

The Inaugural Scientific Meeting will be held in Leicester on 23 November 2017.

Follow the link for details

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Congratulations to Prof. Franco Cappuccio who was elected as President of the British and Irish Hypertension Society at the Annual Meeting of the Society held in Glasgow on September 11-13, 2017.

He will hold service for 2017-19.

Read more here.

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European Society of Hypertension

Officical pre-ESH Congress Satellite Symposium

ETHNICITY AND HYPERTENSION IN A CHANGING EUROPE

Florence, Italy June 14th, 2017

View the PROGRAMME

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From fourth left: Prof FP Cappuccio (Warwick, United Kingdom), Prof C Agyemang (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Prof PA Modesti (Florence, Italy, Organiser), Prof S Perlini (Pavia, Italy), Prof AP Kengne (Cape Town, South Africa), Dr M Bamoshmoosh (Sana'a, Yemen), Prof A Damasceno (Maputo, Mozambique), on behalf of the ESH Working Group on Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in subjects living in or emigrating from Low Resource Settings. (missing Prof GF Parati, Milan, Italy and Prof L Brewster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

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Congratulations to Prof. Francesco Cappuccio who was elected

Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC) and Member of the ESC Council on Hypertension.

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The West Midlands Hypertension Centre of Excellence, led by Prof Francesco Cappuccio and Dr Indranil Dasgupta, have joined the Global Initiative May Measurment Month of the International Society of Hypertension at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Saturday 8th May 2017.

Follow the link to read see more. 

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Addressing the global challenge of multimorbidity: lessons from South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa, 2-3 November 2016

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The Academy of Medical Sciences, in partnership with the Academy of Sciences South Africa, have launched two reports and an animation on multimorbidity in South Africa.

To find out more follow the Link

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Educational Videos released by the British Hypertension Society on their YouTube Channel!

View here

WAVE IV

UHCW NHS Trust recruits patients for the WAVE IV Treatment Trial.

Prof. Cappuccio, Vice-President of the British Hypertension Society, welcomes and facilitates the local initiative.

Warwick Courier, 08/02/2016

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Lower is better: blood pressure targets for high-risk people with diabetes or kidney disease.
Prof. Cappuccio provides an Expert Commentary to the latest Lancet publication higlhighted in the

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The WAVE IV Trial is recruiting in the West Midlands. Listen to Prof. Cappuccio on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire and find o ut how to take part.

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Congratulations to Prof. Franco Cappuccio who was elected as Vice-President of the British Hypertension Society at the Annual Meeting of the Society held in Stratford-upon-Avon in September 2015. He will hold service for 2015-17 and will then take-up the position of President for 2017-19.

Prof Cappuccio Vice-President of the BHS

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Congratulations to Dr Michelle Miller who was awarded a Fellowship of the British Hypertension Society (FBHS) at the Annual Meeting of the Society held in Stratford-upon-Avon in September 2015. These fellowships are awarded to senior clinicians and scientists in recognition of their significant contribution and leadership as “Hypertension Specialists”.

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The Division of Mental Health & Wellbeing has just received confirmation of Re-Designation of its WHO Collaborating Centre for Nutrition (UNK-257) for a further 4 years (2014-2018) under the direction of Professor Cappuccio.

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Congratulations to Prof. Franco Cappuccio who has been awarded an Inaugural Fellowship of the British Hypertension Society (FBHS) at the Annual Meeting of the Society held in Edinburgh in September 2014. These newly established fellowships are awarded to senior clinicians and scientists in recognition of their significant contribution and leadership as “Hypertension Specialists”.

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The FOURIER Trial is recruiting in Coventry & Warwickshire. Listen to Prof. Cappuccio on

BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire and find out how to take part.

 

Projects

ASCOT (completed)

Eat for Life (completed)

EPIC Norfolk (open)

Hypergenes (open)

IMMIDIET (open)

Kumasi Study (open)

Olivetti Study (open)

Salt Intake and Social Inequalities (open)

The Average Human (completed)

West Midlands Stroke Research Network (completed)

Whitehall II Study (completed)

WHSS (open)

PGR Students

PhD

Dr Chen Ji (2008-13)

Ms Raheela Shaikh (2014-18)

Ms Latoya Clarke (2016-20)

Dr Syed Danish Ali (2017-22)

MSc

Ms Proscovia K Iga (2015-17)

Ms Marlot Kruisbrink (2016)

UG Research students

URSS

Mr J Gibbs (2019)

Ms J Wallace (2015)

Ms L Buchanan (2015)

Mr F Fratelli (2013-14)

Mr G Smith (2012)

Mr A O'Keeffe (2012)

Ms M Ahuja (2011)

Mr D Cooper (2009)

Mr A Currie (2006)

IATL

Ms C Paul (2009-10)

SSC2

Ms N Reed (2015)

Ms L Smitherman (2015)

Ms A Dawoodji (2015)

Ms J Shah (2015)

PhD Projects
Podcasts & Recordings
Festival of Imagination: A pinch too far!

Slides

Trailer

Summaries of key research findings
Publications
Useful links