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Dr. Andrew Cook

Research Lead

Dr Andrew Cook

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Cardiac Unit
Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
London WC1N 1EH

Research Manager: Steven Kimberly

Tel +44 (0)20 7405 9200 ext 5616

Cardiac morphology and education

Cardiovascular Morphology & Education - Left to right: Trabeculations of the morphologic RV; Hypoplastic left heart syndrome in the human fetus; Adult coronary arteries; Virtual simulation; Anatomic diagram of Tetralogy of Fallot.

Overview

As well as developing electronic-based learning materials for heart disease, the unit also provides training in cardiac anatomy through hands-on courses which are run every few weeks throughout the year. Our courses focus on small group discussion and individualised bespoke training to deliver high quality results. A list of course dates can be found here and there is more information on our Eventbrite page and our website

Key research activities

Hands-on Training in Cardiac Anatomy

As well as developing electronic-based learning materials for heart disease, the unit also provides training in cardiac anatomy through hands-on courses which are run every few weeks throughout the year. Our courses focus on small group discussion and individualised bespoke training to deliver high quality results.  Further information can be found here or through our Eventbrite page.

Development and Representation of Virtual Anatomy

Our unit was instrumental in the development of a computer animated virtual heart model which has been turned into anatomic and echocardiographic training simulators. Our unit provided the anatomical expertise to ensure the model was correct in every respect.

Device Design with Respect to Anatomic Variations

In order to design medical devices that fit within the heart and cardiovascular system, such as percutaneous valves and septal occluders, knowledge of anatomic variations is crucial. Respecting the key components of the heart, and knowing their relationship one to the other is also imperative. We work closely with various medical device developers, helping them to understand the potential cardiac variations and the relationships in advance, so that they can be taken into account prior to device design, testing and implantation.

Cardiac Morphology in Animal Models of Disease

We provide expertise and advice in cardiac morphology on projects where cardiac malformations have been produced in animal models. Accurately defining the cardiac phenotype in these situations aids to understanding the pathways and mechanisms involved in both normal heart development and in disease, particularly in congenital malformations.

Fetal Morphology

Dr Andrew Cook has developed specific expertise in the development and growth of the heart during the fetal period. He has been part of many first publications and texts in this area, in particular correlating echocardiographic images in order to improve understanding and prenatal detection of congenital heart disease.