BHF Centre of Research Excellence

Promoting innovative, world-leading cardiovascular research

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centre of Research Excellence at Imperial was originally funded for six years in 2008, with the aim of promoting innovative, world-leading cardiovascular research and training at the interface of science, technology and medicine. The Centre was renewed by the BHF in 2014 for a further five years, through 2019, and is directed by Professor Michael Schneider.

There has never been a better time to study the roots of cardiovascular disease or to pursue transformative new game-changing therapies

Professor Michael Schneider

Centre Director

The renewed Centre builds on the success of the original Centre: recruiting high-quality MRes/PhD students, allowing flexibility of approach to a group of internationally renowned scientists to pursue imaginative cardiovascular research, and encouraging scientists outside traditional biomedical research to engage in cardiovascular science.

With research investigators drawn from across Imperial’s Faculties of Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Engineering, we focus on world-leading postgraduate training at the interface of cardiovascular biology and the physical or computational sciences in the Centre, recruited from Imperial and other leading UK and EU universities.

Overall, our direction of travel encompasses several grand challenges in Mechanobiology, Cardiovascular Inflammation, and Regenerative Medicine, underpinned by advances in Genomics, Imaging and Systems Biology. The Centre of Research Excellence is embedded in an especially sound framework for progressive translation from bench to bedside (and vice versa), drawing on the unsurpassed clinical resources of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (the UK’s first AHSC) and Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (the UK’s largest cardiothoracic centre). Each is the home to major ring-fenced NIHR facilities (Comprehensive BRC; Cardiovascular BRU).

The Centre's scientific strategy, and the tactics with which to pursue it, emphasises on the interface with physical and computational sciences, encompassing the six core research themes.

Learn more about heart disease and the science behind our 'Mending Broken Hearts Appeal' at the BHF-funded labs at Imperial College in London.

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Learn more about heart disease and the science behind our 'Mending Broken Hearts Appeal'

Since 2008, the BHF has invested close to £60 million in the top universities in the UK to create six BHF Centres of Excellence. The aim is to secure the UK’s future as a world-leading force in heart research. Find out more about the other BHF Centres of Excellence, located at King's College, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, and University of Oxford, and the BHF's ambitious Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.