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Global Challenges Initiative

The Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Dr Zhongzhao Teng

Heart attack; Stroke; Atherosclerosis; Aneurysm; Biomechanics; Medical imaging; Computer modelling; Department of Radiology; School of Clinical Medicine

Zhongzhao TengDr Zhongzhao Teng is a Senior Research Associate and the Research Group Leader of the Biomedical Engineering Group at the Department of Radiology. He is also a Bye-fellow of Homerton College.

Zhongzhao researches the vulnerability of atherosclerotic and aneurysmal lesions that, when ruptured, lead to most clinical symptoms of heart attack, stroke and death. His work involves the mechanical, imaging and clinical analysis of these lesions, applying a combination of non-mini-invasive medical imaging techniques and involving multidisciplinary collaboration between clinicians and non-clinicians.

The insights generated by Zhongzhao research on heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis and aneurysm can impact the lives of the world’s poorest 3 billion people. Indeed, arterial diseases cause about 30% of total deaths in the world and there are serious limitations in current clinical assessment and management strategies, which cannot identify the right patient at the right time to provide a right treatment.

The need to develop novel non-mini-invasive techniques in order to identify higher risk lesions prior to symptoms through multidisciplinary collaborations underlies Zhongzhao’s motivation to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals through the participation in the Global Challenges Forum.


The Global Challenges Initiative is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.


Find out about open funding opportunities, pre-call announcements, responsive calls, studentships and awards relevant to the global challenges agenda.

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