Canon Medical supports University of Exeter research into paediatric congenital heart disease

Canon Medical Systems UK is supporting University of Exeter research by co-funding a PhD studentship to research cardiac function and health and fitness in children with paediatric congenital heart disease.

The aim of the project is to improve the understanding of the interaction between heart diseases and exercise and to improve and refine exercise guidelines for young people with congenital heart disease.

PhD student Curtis Wadey started in January this year and is working closely with director of Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC) Professor Craig Williams and also with paediatric cardiologist at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and the Bristol Heart Institute Dr Guido Pieles. The CHERC team will have access to state-of-the-art Canon Medical echocardiography ultrasound equipment, as well as bespoke training and support delivered by the Canon Medical team.

“This collaboration with Canon Medical is essential to further paediatric heart research,” said  Wadey. “Canon Medical provide the university and our research group with the essential tools, support and financial backing to research children’s heart disease.” He is joined by PhD students Dr Dan-Mihai Dorobantu, a cardiologist whose PhD is funded by the GW4 MRC Doctoral Training Programme, and Nurul Amir, a specialist in rehabilitation based at the University of Bristol. Two experienced research fellows, based in Exeter and funded by Canon Medical and the charity Heart Research UK, will join the team later this year.

“Having had the chance to work alongside Canon Medical for the last five years, we are really excited by this growing relationship and future opportunities, especially related to paediatric healthcare,” said Professor Williams. “There are few centres around the world dedicated to these topics and we are proud of this partnership.”

Picture: CHERC director Professor Craig Williams, Canon Medical Systems UK regional manager Tim Palarm and University of Exeter PhD student Curtis Wadey.

Published on page 11 of the September 2020 issue of RAD Magazine.

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