GOSH to Host 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Open Finals Gala

A research professional focused on cardiology, Dr. Vivek Baliga received his medical training at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education in Bangalore, India. Presently, Dr. Vivek Baliga is pursuing a PhD in cardiovascular research at the University of Leeds in Great Britain. Beyond his work in research, Dr. Baliga donates his time and resources to several charitable organizations, including the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society and the Greater Ormond Street Hospital Charity.

For the third consecutive year, the Greater Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Charity is preparing to host the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Open Finals Gala on Nov. 2, 2013 at the Natural History Museum in London. The evening will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent auction, and live musical entertainment. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet some of the world’s top tennis players, celebrate the launch of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and raise money for a worthy cause.

Established in 1852, GOSH treats more than 220,000 patients each year. The hospital is recognized as a pioneer in pediatric care, having uncovered medical breakthroughs with regard to leukemia, heart conditions, and birth defects, among other areas. Starting out as a 10-bed facility and originally known as the Hospital for Sick Children, GOSH has grown to become one of the leading children’s hospitals in the world.

The Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity

Vivek Baliga is a published medical researcher and PhD candidate at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. In addition to his professional and educational pursuits, Vivek Baliga is an active humanitarian who supports several charitable organizations, including the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.

With a history dating back to the 17th century, the Great Ormond Street Hospital has undergone a number of redevelopments over the years while remaining focused on providing premier pediatric care and developing new and improved ways to treat childhood diseases. Established to support these efforts, the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity organizes fundraising campaigns and events that help the hospital collect the £50 million needed each year to continue its life-saving research and maintain the exceptional level of care for the over 220,000 patients rely on its services. A separate legal entity since 1998, the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity is necessary to the hospital’s success, and helps to ensure that its centuries-old tradition of medical excellence carries on well into the future.

Malaria: A Worldwide Threat

Vivek Baliga

In 2010, the United Nations estimated that roughly half the world’s population was at risk of contracting malaria, a blood-borne disease spread by mosquitoes. Each year, there are over 200 million new cases which result in over 650,000 deaths. At the highest risk are those with weak immune systems—including the elderly, children, pregnant women, and those ill with immune system-compromising diseases. While this disease is widespread, it can be controlled and prevented.

The main preventative for malaria is controlling the mosquito population in malaria-infected areas. Mosquitoes are most prevalent in warm, wet environments. Areas which remain warm throughout the year, with no hard freezes or winter, do not experience annual mosquito population die-off and thus do not have a natural defense against malaria. This seasonal die-off allows infected mosquitoes to die without infecting the next generation who remain in dormant eggs during the cold and hatch in spring. Through the use of insecticides and indoor mosquito netting as well as the draining of stagnant water, communities at risk can significantly decrease malaria outbreaks.

About the Author: Vivek Baliga, a Ph.D. student at the University of Leeds in cardiovascular research, is a dedicated supporter of malaria research and education, including personally traveling to Mangalore, India to educate children on malaria treatment and prevention.

How to Help End Malaria Vivek Baliga

Of all diseases, malaria threatens more of the world’s population than any other. Spread by mosquitoes in warm climates, it is responsible for over 200 million new cases each year with over half a million resulting in death. While malaria is treatable, the majority of those at risk live in such poverty that early diagnosis and proper treatment are often inaccessible.

Organizations such as International Medical Corps, Malaria No More, and Nets for Life work to provide education, preventative assistance, and treatment to those in high-risk areas. So far, Nets for Life has provided over 8 million mosquito nets, protecting over 25 million people, while Malaria No More combines distribution of mosquito nets, medical treatment, and public service announcements through radio and twitter. The International Medical Corps, however, targets malaria as only one part of their efforts to provide medical care and other lifesaving relief to critical areas of the world. Supporting these organizations—and others like them—directly saves lives.

About the Author: Vivek Baliga actively supports disease and disorder research through fundraising, private donations, and personal efforts. Vivek Baliga has traveled to India to teach malaria prevention to children, participated in charity marathons for arthritis, and currently studies at the University of Leeds in pursuit of a Ph.D. in cardiovascular research.

The European Association of Echocardiography By Dr. Vivek Baliga

The European Association of Echocardiography (EAE) was founded in 2003 and remains one of the most active branches of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The EAE contributes to the community of European and international cardiologists through the development of accreditation and certification procedures for echocardiography across the European continent. The EAE is also responsible for an educational platform that utilizes webinars, basic educational courses, 3-D imaging software, and various additional online tools to ensure a superior standard of excellence among echocardiography specialists.

EUROECHO, the world’s leading echocardiography conference, is another of the EAE’s offerings. Last year’s event broke records with its 3,600 attendees from over 90 countries.

The EAE continually is striving to meet the evolving needs of its members. Recent initiatives include a committee made of young doctors, particularly women, who are interested in echocardiography; and the publication of an updated Textbook of Echocardiography.

About the Author

Dr. Vivek Baliga is a leading cardiologist who currently is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Leeds. He is a member of the EAE.

Effects of Malaria on the Cardiovascular System, By Vivek Baliga

The primary cardiovascular component affected by a malarial infection is the blood. Entering the body through a mosquito’s saliva, the parasite infects the blood cells and travels throughout the body to damage its organs. Many patients experience low blood pressure as the body is weakened and damaged blood cells die.

The heart can experience a number of complications from malaria. Added strain from pulmonary edema, disruptions of the heart’s electrical function, tachycardia, and aggravation of existing heart conditions can occur with potentially lethal results. While much is known about the various types of malaria, a great deal of research is still needed to fully understand the effects of malaria on the body. Until recently, little attention was given to connections between malaria and heart, failure which is now the focus of research teams in Europe and the United States.

About the Author:
Vivek Baliga is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Leeds, focused on cardiovascular research. Baliga previously served with a team of medical professional in Mangalore, India in efforts to educate schoolchildren on malaria prevention.

Badminton: An Excellent Form of Exercise By Vivek Baliga

Often regarded as merely a lawn game, badminton is actually an excellent form of exercise for people of all fitness levels. Playing badminton helps develop:

1. Agility: Diving for shuttlecocks and hustling from one side of the court to the other help players improve their agility, speed their reflexes, and improve their hand-eye coordination.

2. Overall fitness: Like any cardiovascular exercise, badminton helps improve general fitness indicators. These include lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke, aiding in weight loss, regulating blood pressure, promoting healthy bones, and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol.

3. Strength: In addition to strengthening the heart, lungs, and leg muscles, badminton strengthens the arm and wrist as well. While the racquets may not seem powerful initially, players can use them to hit the shuttlecock at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.

In addition, because badminton is played with other people, the sport provides a prime opportunity to meet new friends or interact with existing friends. Avid fans of badminton may also find enjoyment through watching matches as a spectator.

About Vivek Baliga

A PhD candidate at England’s University of Leeds, Vivek Baliga enjoys playing badminton in his spare time. In addition to his current recreational forays into the sport, Baliga played on a college championship team in 1994.