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Dr Henry West

BMedSc (Hon), MBBS, DPhil

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cardiology my focus is on heart attack and stroke - two conditions that have a profound impact upon our communities.

At Oxford, I joined a team working to reduce the terrible burden inflicted by these conditions through the development of superior risk assessment tools and imaging technology. My doctorate was concerned with novel computed tomography (CT) interpretation techniques that aim to improve the detection and clinical management of both heart attack and stroke.

Previously, my work was primarily concerned with novel ultrasound measures of carotid artery pathology and secondarily on the epidemiology of early life smoking exposures. I have presented work, and received prizes, at major meetings including ESC Congresses, AHA Scientific Sessions, and BSC Annual Meetings.

I completed my medical science degree and subsequently medical training at the University of Tasmania, Australia, graduating as valedictorian. I received the Rhodes Scholarship (Tasmania & Balliol, 2018) to come to Oxford to read my DPhil within The Oxford Translational Cardiovascular Research group at the Radcliffe Department of Medicine. My supervisors were Professor Charalambos Antoniades and Professor Keith Channon.

I returned to Australia in 2023 to commence physician training at the Royal Price Alfred Hospital, Sydney. I continue to work closely with our team at the University of Oxford through an honorary appointment.

A focus of my time in Europe has been as an investigator of the MAESTRIA Consortium, a EU H2020 funded project to create new technologies for the early detection of AF and stroke risk, led by Sorbonne Université.

I have a general interest in preventative healthcare and I have previously spent time in East Africa working on malaria epidemiology projects in conjunction with local health organisations. I am a keen runner and while at Oxford I rowed for Balliol College. I also play Australian Rules Football, and I served as the President of OUARFC from 2020-2022.

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