Heart disease researcher honoured

Dr Sarah Hsiao with Professor Paul Evans
Dr Sarah Hsiao with Professor Paul Evans
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An emerging young researcher who is at the forefront of the fight against heart disease has been honoured for her research aiming to improve the treatment for weak and narrow arteries.

Dr Sarah Hsiao, a British Heart Foundation funded researcher at the University of Sheffield, was awarded with the prestigious ‘Young Investigator of the Year’ award by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), for her work on reducing the damage of stents.

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 treat thousands of patients with heart disease each year by expanding and unblocking arteries. However the process of fitting a stent can lead to damage in the artery, which can occasionally trigger the formation of blood clots causing a blockage.

Sarah’s work was carried out in Professor Paul Evans' laboratory, which looks at the development of new drugs to encourage the healing of arteries. He said: “I was delighted that Sarah had won.

"Sarah and her colleagues now need to carry out further research to investigate whether the identified compound can prevent clotting of stented arteries.”

To find out more about the laboratory and its research against heart disease, please visit: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/cardiovascularscience/profiles/evans