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The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has revealed the winners of its annual 'Reflections of Research' photography competition.
The captivating images showcase the cutting-edge heart and circulatory disease research taking place across the UK.
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This year's winning image, 'Explosive beginnings', provides a close-up snapshot of the moment endothelial cells that line the interior surface of blood vessels begin to 'sprout' - a process which adds entirely new blood vessels to the existing network.
Endothelial cells form a barrier between the circulating blood and the vessel wall.
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They also help to protect blood vessels from damage and release important chemical messengers which help to control blood pressure.
The winning researcher, Courtney Williams, is a Masters student and PhD candidate at Leeds University.
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Her lab are developing new ways to map the growth of new blood vessels within their surrounding landscape in 3D.
Understanding the complex secrets of blood vessel formation could be harnessed to boost the regrowth of damaged blood vessels after a heart attack.
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The runner-up image came from Matt MacGregor Sharp, a PhD student at the University of Southampton.
The super-high resolution image shows a normal artery at the surface of a rat's brain and was taken with a powerful scanning electron microscope.
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These 'subarachnoid vessels' supply blood to the brain and...
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