The Pressure of Ageing
Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of mortality and morbidity in the UK and other developing countries. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease, the incidence of which increases with ageing. Changes in the structure and function of small, resistance arteries play a key role in the development of hypertension.
Professor Clare Austin’s inaugural lecture will present some of her recent research which furthers our understanding of the changes which occur in resistance arteries with ageing. This is important if we are to develop new and effective treatments for age-related vascular diseases in the future.
Professor Austin joined Edge Hill in April 2014 to take up the position of Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Health and Social Care. She has a long standing interest in understanding the mechanisms which regulate arterial structure and function and in exploring how these may change in normal ageing and disease.
She has published more than 50 peer reviewed papers and has received more than £7M of grant income from funders including the Medical Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the British Heart Foundation.
Professor Austin is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in recent years she has become increasingly interested and involved in teaching and learning and in the development and support of early career researchers.