School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health BMedSc(Hons) student rewarded for his research on cardiovascular risk in women

Breast Arterial Calcification photo
Breast Arterial Calcification

Congratulations to School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS) BMedSc(Hons) student Mr Vinay Goel for being the highest achieving BMedSc(Hons) student in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in 2021.

Mr Goel’s research titled, “Association of Breast Arterial Calcification with Cardiovascular Disease: Novel cardiovascular disease risk marker in women”, is focused on a novel way to predict cardiovascular (CV) risk in women. His hard work and dedication within the SCS Cardiovascular research group will be rewarded with a $1000 prize at the Faculty Prize night next year.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities given to me this year and would like to thank my supervisors - Associate Professor Nitesh Nerlekar and Dr Adam Brown, our research team and the department for their support. It has been a challenging but thoroughly enjoyable year and I look forward to continuing this work in the coming years,” Mr Goel said.

Breast arterial calcification (BAC), is an incidental finding on routine mammography, which has emerged as a novel marker for CV risk in women. His research found BAC to be an independent predictor of cardiovascular and vascular disease, he demonstrated the incremental value of BAC in predicting CV risk beyond traditional CV risk factors and he explored a potential mechanistic explanation for this observed association.

While there is a need for further research, these results are promising and suggest that there may be a clinical role for BAC in the future.


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