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Dr Henry West

BMedSc (Hon), MBBS

DPhil Student

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

My research interests are in cardiovascular imaging technology, particularly computed tomography (CT) interpretation. The overall aim of my work is to improve the detection and clinical management of cardiovascular disease and hence reduce the terrible morbidity and mortality related to cardiovascular disease across the world. My work in Oxford is focussed on CT analysis techniques of the coronary arteries and the left atrium of the heart, areas of critical importance in two leading causes of death: heart attack and, via complication of atrial fibrillation, stroke.

Previously, my work at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania was primarily concerned with novel ultrasound measures of carotid artery pathology and secondarily on the epidemiology of early life smoking exposures.

I have a general interest in preventative medicine and I have spent time in Uganda working on anti-malaria epidemiology projects in conjunction with local health organisations. I am a keen runner and while at Oxford I will be playing squash and joining in rowing for Balliol College.

I am the Assistant Praefectus at Balliol College for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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