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Dr Henry West

BMedSc (Hon), MBBS

DPhil Student

I focus on diseases that matter: ischaemic heart disease and stroke. Each year these conditions kill a combined 16 million people and have filled the top two positions of the global causes of death rankings for over 15 years.

At Oxford, our work to reduce the terrible burden inflicted by these conditions is through the development of superior imaging technology. My DPhil project is particularly concerned with novel computed tomography (CT) interpretation techniques that aim to dramatically improve the detection and clinical management of both ischaemic heart disease and 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 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 are Professor Charalambos Antoniades and Professor Keith Channon.

I have a general interest in preventative medicine and I have previously 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 row for Balliol College.

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

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