Cardiovascular disease under the spotlight

Cardiovascular disease under the spotlight

Heart disease and strokes are the two main forms of cardiovascular disease (CVD) which is the largest cause of death in Scotland.

CVD is also responsible for other medical complaints such as pain, disability and poorer quality of life for thousands of people.

This Saturday (February 5) around 90 researchers and clinicians will gather at the University of Aberdeen’s Suttie Centre for the 14th annual meeting of the Scottish Cardiovascular Forum.

The event has been organised by University of Aberdeen Senior Research Fellows Dr Isobel Ford, from the Division of Applied Medicine, and Dr Baukje de Roos, from the Rowett Institute for Nutrition and Health.

Dr Ford said: “Delegates will hear from scientists and clinicians at the event which will also showcase the University of Aberdeen’s strengths in heart disease research.”

The keynote speaker is Professor Michael Frenneaux, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Aberdeen and Consultant Cardiologist in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. He will discuss how the heart muscle gets its energy and how this knowledge could be used in new treatments.

Professor Ian Megson, from the University of Highlands and Islands in Inverness, will highlight novel research on how the stickiness of blood cells could be altered to reduce the risk of heart disease in people with diabetes.

The Scottish Cardiovascular Forum was launched in 1997 to foster collaboration between scientists and clinical researchers in Scotland and Northern Ireland.