Principal Investigator: Professor Sir Nilesh Simani
BRICCS is a system within the Informatics platform designed to capture and code clinical information about patients with cardiovascular disease that are seen at Leicester’s Hospitals specifically for research purposes. The system also facilitates recruitment of patients into new studies.
All patients attending relevant departments at Leicester’s Hospitals are potential research participants – we proactively seek their consent to access their clinical notes and data for research.
Leicester’s Hospitals routinely collects a large amount of information on patients, both of a generic nature and more detailed information on specific groups for national audit, which are of interest to our research. For example, those undergoing cardiac catheter-lab related procedures or coronary artery bypass, and patients with myocardial infarction and acute coronary syndromes.
The core of BRICCS is a dedicated research database linked to a collection of blood samples from patients who have volunteered to take part and consented to make their medical records available to researchers. Since it began in 2010, BRICCS has recruited over 7,000 patients. This recruitment enables us to match patients to particular studies and speed up the recruitment phase of new research.
We also work in partnership with colleagues across the East Midlands to recruit patients to BRICCS, particular those with Aortic Stenosis and Bicuspid Aortic Valve disease.
For more information about the BRICCS study please email Emma Beeston, Senior Research Nurse.