Our first workshop kick-starts the New Year

CVD workshop banner for main workshops pageA big thank you to all of our speakers and delegates who made time to attend the FAST Assessment and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease Workshop in Cambridge on January 5th, 2017. There was a balanced representation of the NHS, industry, and research institutions with 65% of the delegates from UK Universities.

CVD is #1 cause of death globally

This seminal Workshop was held to provide a platform for the development of a plan of how engineering and physical sciences research can help improve assessment and treatment pathways for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Speakers from clinical, engineering and industrial communities provided delegates with their perspectives on the clinical requirements that should be driving the development of these pathways, the technical opportunities that lie ahead and the barriers that exist and which have to be overcome for potential adoption in the public healthcare system here in the UK.

There were presentations from:

Prof Martin BennettBritish Heart Foundation, Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences, Department of Medicine, Cambridge University
Prof John Clarkson, Director of the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, Cambridge University
Dr Paul Flynn, Clinical Director, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge 
Dr Luis Garcia-Gancedo, Director in Sensor Technology at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Debbie Morgan, Programme Director, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge
Prof Lionel TarassenkoFounder Director of Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Head of Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University
Prof Paul White, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Head of Clinical Engineering at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

What happens next?

The output from this Workshop will be an openly-accessible roadmap that sets out the engineering and physical sciences research challenge in a clear clinical context.

Call for Proposals

The Roadmap will be accompanied by a Call for Proposals for pilot projects which initiate new research collaborations to address the roadmap.  Proposals to the Call must include at least one person in the research team who attended this Workshop.

Both the Roadmap and the Call will be published on our website in February 2017.

Feedback from the delegates

“…a fantastic and very productive workshop.”

-Dr Daniele Catalucci, National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Genetic and Biomedical Research (IRGB) -UOS Milan and Humanitas Research Hospital, Milan, Italy

“The combination of academics, physicians and industry partners as well as a range of excellent presentations made this a really useful event, where real progress was made to outline potential future pathways for CVD assessment and treatment. I look forward to the next event!

-Dr Luis Garcia-Gancedo, Director, Sensor Technology, GSK

…insightful opportunity to discuss challenges and unmet clinical needs for treatment of cardiovascular diseases. It was great to discuss with top experts in the field and, in just one day, being able to select the most urgent needs, to pitch ideas for solving the same and to elaborate roadmaps.”

-Dr Luigi Occhipinti, Founder and Director of Engineering, CITC Ltd.

 “Many thanks for organizing the workshop which was very interesting and constructive.”

-Aurore Lyon, University of Oxford

For more information about the Network, our events or to join our mailing list, please email:

Vika Lebedeva-Baxter, Network Manager at:  vvl21@cam.ac.uk


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