Vascular Physicians study the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular disease (PVD). PVD is the blanket term for disease of the peripheral arteries (Peripheral arterial disease, PAD – see under patient information), disease of the veins (venous disease), disease of the lymphatics (vessels carrying lymph, a drainage system), and disease of the microcirculation (small blood vessels eg capillaries) which includes such conditions such as Raynaud’s Phenomenon (see under patient information), chilblains, connective tissue disorders, and Hand Arm Vibration disease.
The Vascular Diseases Research Unit was founded in 1987 to address these conditions where it is, even now, still acknowledges that these patients are under-diagnosed and under-treated.
This Unit has, over the 30 years:
- Carried out more than 50 single centre biomarkers trials discovering new blood markers for PVD
- Led more than 30 International multicentre clinical trials of new treatments for PVD
- Received Peer reviewed grant funding amounting to circa £34M
- Published over 350 publications in peer reviewed Scientific Journals
- Given over 100 plenary/invited lectures within the UK, and over 150 internationally
- Successfully supervised 28 PhD, MD, MSc students
Information about diseases studied:
PAD is where there is blockages of the major arteries supplying the legs, leading to amputation, shown in the radiology picture above.