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

An international research team has received a ten million euro grant from Horizon Europe and UK Research and Innovation. The HYPERMARKER team 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 consists of 12 partners, including world leaders in health data science, patient advocacy and industry, such as Utrecht professors Rick Grobbee (coordinator) and Roel Vermeulen.

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 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. 

We are developing usable prediction algorithms that can help clinicians in deciding what the right hypertension treatment is for the right patient.

Professor Rick Grobee
UMC Utrecht

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.