More than a blocked pipe: the hardening of arteries and their role in stroke and heart attacks
Despite the huge impact that hardening arteries have for human health, there are still no cures for it. In this talk, clinician and researcher, Dr Nick Evans, Department of Medicine, and molecular sciences researcher, Professor Melinda Duer, Department of Chemistry, talk about their combined efforts to find better diagnoses and treatments.
Biography Melinda Duer is Professor of Biological and Biomedical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. She has been researching the molecular structure of tissues to understand what goes wrong in disease and ageing for more than 15 years. Her work on the mechanism by which arteries harden through calcification has led to a potential therapy which will be tested soon in patients.
Nick Evans is a Clinical Lecturer in Stroke Medicine at the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital. His research uses advanced imaging to understand vascular disease and its role in stroke and dementia. It is hoped that these techniques will allow us to develop new treatments in order to decrease the risk of stroke and reduce its effects.