Monday 5 September 2016

The only project of its kind anywhere that studies all acute vascular events, such as strokes and heart attacks, to develop better treatments has recruited its 10,000th Oxfordshire participant.

The Oxford Vascular Study (OXVASC) began in 2002 and involves University of Oxford staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital collecting detailed health data, blood samples and carrying out scans.

The study has provided vital data on the frequency, time-trends, causes and outcomes of heart attacks, strokes, transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs or mini strokes), aneurysms and other circulatory problems, as well as subsequent complications, such as dementia.

To date more than 200 scientific papers have been published, some leading to major changes in clinical practice locally, nationally and internationally.

The study is planning to continue to recruit until at least 2022 and is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Stroke Association and the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, a partnership between Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford.

Previous funders have included the Medical Research Council and the Dunhill Medical Trust.

To find out more, visit the University of Oxford website.

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