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The British Cardiovascular Society Young Investigator Award 2021
  1. Blanca Tardajos Ayllón1,
  2. Joyee Basu2,
  3. Matthew Burrage3,
  4. Christos P Kotanidis4,
  5. Julia Ramirez5,
  6. Clare Coyle6
  1. 1 Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular disease, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2 Cardiac Risk in the Young, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  3. 3 Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
  4. 4 Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  5. 5 Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  6. 6 National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Clare Coyle, Imperial College, National Institute for Health Research, London SW1A 2NL, UK; c.coyle{at}

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Five finalists were selected for the 2021 British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Young Investigator Award (YIA) from a competitive pool of young researchers. At the virtual BCS meeting in June, each finalist gave a 10-minute oral presentation followed by questions from a panel of independent judges. The prize was established by the Society 20 years ago to “recognise excellence among young researchers intending to pursue a career in cardiovascular clinical medicine or research”.1

Winner: Dr Blanca Tardajos Ayllón

Dr Blanca Tardajos Ayllón is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease, funded by the British Heart Foundation. She obtained a BSc in Biochemistry at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) with a year abroad at the University of York. Later, she completed an MSc in Molecular Medicine at the University of Sheffield where her work focused on the identification of mechanoreceptors that regulate endothelial apoptosis using zebrafish models. Dr Tardajos Ayllón then did her PhD in Cardiovascular Science with Professor Paul Evans. Her PhD, funded by the MRC-DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership, focused on the role of the NF-κB transcription factor c-Rel in endothelial mechanobiology and atherosclerosis (figure 1).

Figure 1

Dr Blanca Tardajos Ayllón.

Atherosclerosis is a major cause of death that can lead to heart attack or stroke. It develops in the arteries at …

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