Monday, 9 December 2013

Dr Ingrid Hopper Wins the Clinical Special Interest Group poster prize at the 2013 ASCEPT conference

Dr Ingrid Hopper, PhD student in the Centre for Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics, has won the Clinical Special Interest Group poster prize at the 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT), held in Melbourne in early December. 

Dr Hopper presented a poster and was invited to give an oral presentation on the topic “Does worsening renal function lead to worse long term outcomes in Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System inhibitor treated patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction? A meta-analysis of 20,573 patients”. Her poster was also shortlisted for the prestigious Neville Percy Prize. 

The meta-analysis, co-authored by Ms Hannah Clark and Prof Henry Krum, explored the challenging and common clinical problem of worsening kidney function on commencement of life-prolonging medications in heart failure, demonstrating the importance of staying on these medications despite the deterioration. “This study reassures clinicians that they are making the right decision to persist with these medications”, she said afterwards. 

Dr Hopper received $500 prize money and a certificate.

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