November 2018

ICMS Annual Symposium 2018

Thank you to all those who attended the recent ICMS Annual Symposium at the Royal College of Physicians, London.

The day consisted of talks from clinicians and nurses from Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital and Harefield Hospital discussing. Topics covered were wide ranging and included subjects such as skills training in cardiac pacing to electrophysiology research update, cardiomyopathy, and cardio-oncology to name a few. The guest lecture of the day was from Dr Ed Conley, Chief Scientific Officer at AIMES, Liverpool gave an insightful talk on the use of health informatics research within the UK. The day was rounded off by Professor Greg Lip and Professor Tom Luscher providing their developments and aspirations both at Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. 

The day was a great success and we look forward to welcoming you to the ICMS Annual Symposium 2019!

October 2018

Dr Babu-Narayan of the Royal Brompton Hospital appointed Associate Medical Director for British Heart Foundation.

Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan, a consultant cardiologist at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College London, has been appointed the Associate Medical Director for the British Heart Foundation

Dr Babu-Narayan is internationally recognised for her research to improve the care and quality of life of adults who were born with congenital heart disease. In Dr Babu-Narayan’s new role as Associate Medical Director she will provide leadership and strategic direction to the mission of the Britsih Heart Foundation. She will work together with the existing Associate Medical Directors, Professor Jeremy Pearson and Professor Metin Avkiran whilst continuing both her clinical and research activity at Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College London.


September 2018

The ICMS features in the Cardiovascular Reseach 2018 Handbook published by The British Journal of Cardiology.

Professor John Pepper OBE, cardiothoracic surgeon of the Royal Brompton Hospital, has written an article summarising the work of the ICMS in the Cardiovascular Research 2018 Handbook.

The handbook is for current and future medical researchers and seeks to introduce the research landscape in the UK. The handbook discusses research within academic institutions, healthcare organisations, charities and industry and the collaborations and partnerships that exist between different sectors, including the sharing of big data.

August 2018

HEAT PPCI: an NIHR research highlight of the last 70 years

The HEAT PPCI study was published by The Lancet in 2015 and is the largest trial of its kind in cardiovascular medicine. The study investigated the routine use of heparin rather than bivalirudin and concluded that heparin could improve outcomes for heart attack patients, while at the same time significantly reducing costs for healthcare organisations globally. The National Institue for Health Research (NIHR) has named the HEAT PPCI study as one of the most important research discoveries of the past 70 years.

To tie in with the NHS’s 70th birthday, the NIHR's I Am Research campaign is celebrating how research has improved health and care over the past 70 years and how NIHR research is helping to shape the future. The NIHR is showcasing 70 discoveries that have transformed the way the NHS works and outcomes for patients, drawn from the suggestions of experts from across the NIHR.

July 2018

Dr Fairbairn accepted onto the first cohort of the NWC CRN Research Scholars Programme

Dr Timothy Fairbairn , Consultant Cardiologist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, has been accepted onto the initial cohort of the NIHR Research Scholars Programme. The Research Scholars Programme is designed to develop 'research-interested' individuals in the early phase of their clinical research careers. The aim of the programme is to provide successful applicants with remunerated time to enable recruitment into National Institute for Health Research Portfolio studies and establish themselves as Principal Investigators and future Chief Investigators.

Currently, Dr Fairbairn is a Consultant Cardiologist sub-specialising in cardiovascular imaging at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. He practices in advanced echocardiography, cardiac MRI and cardiac CT. His clinical and research interests include aortic valve disease, TAVI, inherited cardiac conditions and coronary artery disease and is also part of the ICMS flagship CASA-AF NIHR funded trial. The Research Scholars Programme will provide protected time to support the generation of research outputs including trial delivery and the development of research collaborations / future NIHR grant submissions.

To find out more about NIHR training and education click here .

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