18 Nov University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre
After years of strategic investment in our research and facilities, the British Heart Foundation has awarded the University of Leicester’s Department of Cardiovascular Sciences the prestigious Research Accelerator Award. The award is to help attract and develop the next generation of early career researchers to the University.
The researchers will focus on the development of new research techniques and technologies to ensure that the University of Leicester remains a centre of excellence in cardiovascular research and care.
The mission of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences is to undertake bench-to-bedside research, education and training, and clinical practice that improves the health and wellbeing of patients and the public.
The Department of Cardiovascular Sciences currently comprises around 124 staff and 73 postgraduate students. We have laboratory and clinical research facilities at Glenfield Hospital, the regional cardiac centre, including the £12.5 million state-of-the-art University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre, as well research facilities at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and the Henry Wellcome Building.
We host two BHF-funded Chairs (Cardiology: formerly held by Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, now Medical Director of the BHF; Cardiac Surgery: Professor Gavin Murphy), and a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Unit in Cardiovascular Disease. We have strong links with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, where senior clinical academics provide leadership in patient care, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching and training.
We have a reputation for excellence in cardiovascular research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Cardiovascular Sciences contributed significantly to the University’s Clinical Medicine (UoA1) submission; over 70% of research was classified as internationally excellent (22% world leading), and 2 of the 4 submitted impact studies were cardiovascular and rated 4*.
The work of the Department has contributed to major advances in the treatment of coronary heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, hypertension and stroke, and at a fundamental level has improved our understanding of the causes, including genetic predisposition, of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, our expertise in genetics, novel biomarkers and clinical trials maps to the Leicester Precision Medicine Institute.
This film was produced by External Relations, University of Leicester.
Filmed & Edited by Carl Vivian
Produced by Professor Gavin Murphy