Four Bristol Heart Institute researchers have shared their work in a campaign to mark World Heart Day, 29 September 2021.
The interviews, which appear in the Guardian newspaper’s Cardiovascular Health supplement, cover a broad aspect of the BHI’s work, from tissue engineering to population health.
BHI Director, Professor Gianni Angelini, outlines the BHI’s innovative link between clinicians and scientists, citing the combination of people from different disciplines – basic scientists, clinicians, engineers, epidemiologists and statisticians – as one of the Institute’s key strengths.
Professor of Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Massimo Caputo, talks about how tissue engineering and stem cell therapies could lead to better treatment options for young patients with congenital heart disease.
Dr Giovanni Biglino, Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics, explains how patients and the public are playing an increasing role in cardiovascular research through closer collaborations with clinicians, researchers and artists. This is supporting clinical training and medical research as well as helping patients have a better understanding, and acceptance, of their heart conditions.
Finally, Deborah Lawlor, Professor of Epidemiology, talks about using population health data to identify causes of cardiovascular disease and to predict who is at risk of it. which can lead to prevention, early detection and effective treatment of disease.