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The only project of its kind anywhere that studies patients with all types of acute vascular events – including strokes, heart attacks, aneurysms – in order to develop better diagnostic tests and treatments celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.

Healthcare professional taking a blood pressure reading from a patient

The Oxford Vascular Study (OxVasc) began in 2002 and involves University of Oxford staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital providing clinical care, carrying out scans and other investigations, and collecting detailed research data and blood samples.

Over the last 20 years the study has recruited nearly 13,000 Oxfordshire participants and has then followed their progress for at least 10 years.

It is the first study in the world to assess and follow up all vascular conditions at the same time in the same population. It is a collaboration with about 100 GPs covering a population of nearly 100,000 residents of Oxfordshire.

Read the full story on the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre website

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