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June saw the UK cardiology community converge upon Manchester for the annual conference of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS). Huge credit must go to all members of the Programme Committee; lead by its Chair Professor Cliff Garratt, for organising what was once again a cutting edge event both in terms of innovation and education. Integral to the continued success of the conference remains the contribution of young investigators via the research abstract submission process. All accepted abstracts have been published in a specific Heart supplement, which runs in tandem with the conference. Here we highlight four particularly interesting examples that span the continuum of cardiovascular medicine starting with the effects of mental stress on coronary physiology and ending with novel postmortem findings of those falling victim to sudden cardiac death (SCD) at a young age.
‘Unravelling the mechanisms of mental stress induced myocardial ischaemia’
Dr Satpal Arri
The Rayne Institute BHF Centre of Research Excellence, St Thomas' Hospital, King's College London
Satpal is currently on an out of programme research placement at The Rayne Institute. He secured a competitive British Heart Foundation (BHF) Clinical Research Training Fellowship, which has provided all the funding for a PhD in coronary physiology and MRI perfusion. He feels the keys to success during a postgraduate degree are an interesting project, working in an institution with an established track record of students securing funding and gaining their degrees and, perhaps most importantly, good supervision.
Satpal's research looked at better understanding the physiological mechanisms underpinning mental stress-induced myocardial ischaemia (MSIMI). The clinical relevance of these investigations has emanated …
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