Improving risk prediction of cardiovascular disease in type 1 diabetes in Scotland

Improving risk prediction of cardiovascular disease in type 1 diabetes in Scotland

Type: Heart

Grant holder: Professor Helen Colhoun and H. Looker, Division of Population Health Sciences, University of Dundee

Amount Awarded: £89,419 over 18 months

Year: 2015 - Ongoing

Type 1 diabetes causes increased heart disease and stroke (CVD) risk, but this is not equally the case in all patients. Some people develop heart disease or stroke at young ages, and some not at all. If it could be predicted who is most at risk, this would expose fewer patients to unnecessary treatments and side effects, whilst highlighting those patients who need more treatment but are not currently receiving it. The work the researchers propose harnesses the unique strengths of electronic health care records data in Scotland to develop such a prediction tool for the benefit of patients worldwide.