Heart team wins top recognition

Photo shows left to right: Drs Steve Furniss, Steve Podd, Conn Sugihara and Neil Sulke, DGH cardiology team.
Photo shows left to right: Drs Steve Furniss, Steve Podd, Conn Sugihara and Neil Sulke, DGH cardiology team.
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RESEARCH by cardiologists at the DGH has won an award at an international conference held in Germany.

Doctors Conn Sugihara, Steve Podd, Neil Sulke and Steve Furniss won the first prize of €3,000 for their presentation at the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society’s annual congress in Munich.

Their presentation was one of 120 at the conference and looked at the accuracy of a recorder that is implanted into a patient to detect irregular heartbeats. Their work plays an important role in monitoring whether new and current treatments are working and assessing whether some patients can stop taking drugs to prevent blood clotting following their treatment.

As well as their award-winning talk, the cardiology research team gave another six presentations at the conference, highlighting ongoing studies being carried out in the department.

It was the largest single contribution by any research team at the congress.

Dr Neil Sulke, consultant cardiologist, said, “The cardiac research undertaken at the DGH is highly clinically relevant and it is nice that our work has achieved international recognition.

“Steve Podd is aiming to complete his Doctor of Medicine thesis by Christmas and Conn Sugihara is well on the way to achieve his in due course.”