Rising academic star honoured in the battle against heart disease

An emerging world-leading academic who is at the forefront of the fight against heart disease has been honoured for her research aiming to improve the treatment of narrow and weak arteries.

Dr Sarah Hsiao, a British Heart Foundation funded researcher at the University of Sheffield, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Young Investigator of the Year’ award by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) for her research looking at reducing the damage of stents. Dr Sarah Hsiao from the University of Sheffield being presented with the award alongside Prof Evans

Dr Hsiao presented her research at this year’s ESC conference in Barcelona where judges were impressed with her findings on how to promote healing in stented arteries. 

On receiving the award, Sarah said: “It was a real honour to receive this prize from the ESC. The next challenge for me will be to test whether the compound identified during my studies can benefit patients undergoing stent treatments.” 

Stents are used to expand and unblock arteries. They are used to successfully treat thousands of patients with heart disease each year but the process of fitting a stent can lead to damage to the artery. Occasionally this can trigger the formation of blood clots which can block the artery.

Dr Hsiao is a member of Professor Paul Evans’ laboratory which is looking at the development of new drugs to encourage the healing of arteries damaged by stents, and prevent these life-threatening clots.

To find out more about Professor Evans' laboratory and its research which is contributing to the fight against heart disease, please visit: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/cardiovascularscience/profiles/evans

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