NHLI signThe National Heart and Lung Institute is dedicated to improving cardiovascular and respiratory health through research and education.   


Imperial is the top university in the UK in three specialities; respiratory, cardiovascular and gastroenterology"

The Rand analysis (2004-2013)

The NHLI is one of the major departments undertaking heart and lung research worldwide. We continue to retain our position as a highly respected research centre carrying out research, development and education in cardiovascular and respiratory science. We achieve this through a powerful blend of top notch academics, great facilities, effective teaching and productive collaborations. The National Heart and Lung Institute was the highest ranked of Imperial’s medical departments in the last survey of research quality (REF 2014).

Heart failure and respiratory distress are amongst the most common conditions that can affect everybody and anybody. We are working towards combatting some of the most prevalent diseases by developing both better treatments, and a better understanding of these conditions. These include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory infections, atherosclerosis and heart failure.  In addition, due to the role of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, NHLI is in the privileged position to be able to undertake vital research on rare and often neglected diseases, such as cystic fibrosis (CF), that have a major impact on many people's lives.