Heartbeat Trust researcher wins Young Investigator Award at Irish Cardiac Society Conference
Dr Grace O’Carroll, an MD researcher at the Trust, was awarded the Brian Maurer Young Investigator Award at last week’s Irish Cardiac Society Annual Scientific Meeting held in Derry for her work on Subclinical diastolic dysfunction is prevalent in diabetes, progresses over time and may reflect a handicap in natriuretic peptide function.
Dr O’Carroll’s study showed that abnormalities in cardiac structure exist in a significant proportion of diabetic patients in the absence of cardiac symptoms and that this is associated with poorer cardiovascular outcomes in the long term.
The work presented at the Irish Cardiac Society Conference formed the basis of Dr O’Carroll’s MD thesis and was funded by the Health Research Board and the Trust.
Dr O’Carroll said “This study highlights the importance of an effective screening program for diabetic patients but also the potential difficulties with current cardiovascular biomarkers in predicting cardiovascular risk in this group”.
The Brian Maurer Young Investigator Award, is aimed at promising young investigators, to encourage and promote quality and original research in Cardiology. The award is named in honour of Dr. Brian Maurer who passed away in 2013. Dr Maurer, a cardiologist in St Vincent’s University Hospital until his retirement and a past Chairperson of the Trust, worked tirelessly to promote and further cardiology practice and research throughout his career. Dr O’Carroll has now taken up a post at Wexford General Hospital, we wish Grace every success in her future endeavours.