HYPERMARKER: Horizon Europe grant for research into better, personalised treatment for high blood pressure

April 18th 2023


An international research team received a 10 million euro grant from Horizon Europe and UK Research and Innovation to roll out the HYPERMARKER project.

The HYPERMARKER team, including EHN, will develop and test tools supported by artificial intelligence that allow clinicians to select the best treatment for each individual patient with high blood pressure. The consortium is made up of 12 partners who are world leaders in health data science, patient advocacy and industry.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a serious medical condition and the single biggest contributor to circulatory disease. It continues to dominate as one of the leading causes of death and morbidity globally, with a high social and economic burden on patients and health care systems. Whilst many treatments for hypertension are available, control of blood pressure remains poor in most countries, with avoidable consequences such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and dementia.

Best treatment for each patient
The HYPERMARKER research team is developing a clinical decision support tool that will allow clinicians to make an informed selection of antihypertensive medication for each individual patient. "We are developing usable prediction algorithms that can help clinicians in deciding what the right hypertension treatment is for the right patient," explains project lead Professor Grobbee at UMC Utrecht. By measuring and analysing small molecules in the blood that interact with body systems, the response to medications can be predicted. “Putting together a ‘pharmacometabolic’ profile has the potential for a step-change in how we treat many diseases”, says project co-lead Professor Hankemeier from Leiden University.

Developing a usable tool
In HYPERMARKER, patient cohorts from eleven European countries will provide data to develop the clinical decision support tool. Artificial intelligence approaches will be used to integrate this information with clinical factors, using deep learning methods to isolate what is most important to determining treatment for each patient. The tools will be validated and refined through an innovative randomised clinical trial across 4 countries, supported by patient and public engagement. “Where HYPERMARKER stands apart is robust evaluation and iteration to achieve an implementable tool with a roadmap for regulatory approval. We aim to make a real difference in daily practice and help to improve patient care”, explains project co-lead Professor Kotecha from the University of Birmingham.

For more information on the progress of the project, you can visit the HYPERMARKER LinkedIn page and twitter account.

To learn more about the project partners, click here

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