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Check the noticeboard regularly to find out about upcoming events and opportunities for the cardiovascular research community.

If you have any jobs, symposia, awards or anything else that you would like to advertise here, please contact us.


ESC takeover

Dr Sarah HsiaoBHF-funded researcher Dr Sarah Hsiao at the University of Sheffield has won the Young Investigator Award at this year's European Society for Cardiology (ESC) conference. Sarah's presentation on promoting healing in stented arteries impressed the judges at the meeting held in Barcelona this July.  

Sarah (pictured with Professor Paul Evans) said on winning the award: “It was a real honour to receive this prize from the ESC. The next challenge for me will be to test whether the compound identified during my studies can benefit patients undergoing stent treatments”

Professor Barbara CasadeiBHF Professor Barbara Casadei has also been honoured at this year's meeting where she was elected as Vice President of the ESC.This is one of the highest honours in cardiology, and recognises the 20 years Professor Casadei has spent at the top of cardiovascular science.

BCS 2014: A Manc-union

BHF Professor Sir Rory Collins and BCS President Iain SimpsonIn June cardiovascular researchers and healthcare professionals from around the UK attended the annual British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Conference in Manchester. The theme was ‘Tomorrow’s World’ and many sessions looked at the future of cardiovascular science and medicine.

BHF-funded researchers were among the award winners including BHF Professor Sir Rory Collins who received the BCS' prestigious Mackenze Medal for his outstanding contribution to British cardiology.

Help shape Researchfish

Zebra fishTo help improve the service, Researchfish run regular user groups for the funders, universities and researchers that use their system.

The next researcher user group is on 12th June and you're welcome to join a short webinar to see some of the new features that have been added, and make further suggestions for improvement. Alternatively, feel free to email enquiries@researchfish.com with your thoughts – all comments are welcome!

A hello to our fellows

2013 fellows dayWe held our third BHF Fellows Meeting in Cambridge on the 16th - 17th September. The meeting was a huge success with attendees ranging from PhD students looking for career insights, right up to BHF Professors sharing their tips on carving a successful research career.

Congratulations to Steven White, who won this year's poster competition, and Jahn Firth who came runner-up. We've got an online gallery with pictures from the event, check it out to see if we snapped you there!

Team BHF

Rosanna Ogden articleAs a BHF-funded researcher, you are a vital member of Team BHF. This year's Annual Review tells some of the stories of the thousands of people who make up Team BHF, and celebrates their inspirational contributions.

As well as featuring researcher Dr Amer Rana, the 2013 Annual Review also includes the stories of survivors like little Rosanna Ogden (right) who, despite being born with a tumour in her heart, has managed to raise over half a million pounds for the BHF.

Read all about Dr Rana and Rosanna in our special online Annual Review

High-flying researcher

Mandy MacLeanCongratulations to BHF Programme Grant holder Professor Mandy Maclean who has been has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Royal Society Leverhulme Trust.

This follows her recently receiving the AstraZeneca Prize for Women in Pharmacology from the British Pharmacological Society for her outstanding research contribution to the field, and in June she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Mandy recently featured in the Physiological Society's Women in Physiology publication alongside other BHF-funded researchers including BHF Research Fellow Dr Katharine Dibb.

We're going for gold

Life-saving science symbol articleWe support Gold Open Access. This involves the immediate deposition of the final published version of your primary research article into Europe PubMed Central.

It's important you go for gold’ wherever possible when publishing your research.

If this option isn’t available, your article should still be made freely available in Europe PMC within six months of publication. If the journal offers a service to deposit your article in Europe PMC, you should choose this option. If not, you'll need to self-archive.

Immediate Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Paola Caruso - Immediate Postdoctoral FellowDr Paola Caruso is the first young researcher to be awarded a prestigious Immediate Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Fellowship. Paola’s project will be based in BHF Professor Nick Morrell’s laboratory, where she’ll be investigating the role of microRNAs in the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Paola impressed the committee with her outstanding track record, her adventurous programme of work and her passion for scientific endeavour.

Award for Dr Tomaszewski

Dr Tomaszewski

Dr Maciej Tomaszewski, a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Leicester’s Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, has won the European Atherosclerosis Young Investigator Award in Clinical Research from the European Atherosclerosis Society. The research was funded by the British Heart Foundation.

Read more about Dr Tomaszewski's award

Centres for Regenerative Medicine

Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine

As part of our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, we’ve committed to fund three Centres of Regenerative Medicine at a total cost of £7.5m. Each centre is a close collaboration between scientists at leading universities in the study of cardiovascular regeneration.

We announced the new awards in collaboration with the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP), which has funded three new research ‘hubs’ in regenerative medicine across the UK.

ACC award for BHF Clinical Fellow

Dr Bilal Iqbal has won the 2013 Herman K Gold Young Investigator Award in Molecular and Cellular Cardiology at the recent American College of Cardiology annual meeting. Dr Iqbal won for his submission “Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-14 cooperates with Tristetraprolin to control Tissue Factor mRNA stability: a novel role for ADP-ribosylation in regulating mRNA turnover and atherothrombosis”. The work was conducted during Dr Iqbal's current Clinical Research Fellowship in BHF Professor Dorian Haskard’s laboratory at Imperial College.

Award for Dr Ashish Patel

Dr Ashish Patel, King’s College London was one of the top five winners in the poster competition at the Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training, which took place on Wednesday 27 February at the Royal College of Physicians. Dr Patel is investigating the potential of a proangiogenic subset of monoctyes for revascularization of peripheral ischaemia in preclinical and clinical contexts.

Award for Professor Stefan Neubauer

The University of Oxford's Professor Stefan Neubauer, who is Co-Director of the BHF Experimental MR Unit at the University of Oxford, is the 2013 recipient of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) Gold Award.

The prestigious award is presented annually by the SCMR for outstanding achievement in the field of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. Read more in the SCMR newsletter.

New online reporting tool for evaluating outputs of our research

It’s crucial for us to capture the outcomes of the research we fund, not least to communicate the benefits of our research to supporters.

But we know that reporting outcomes to a host of different funding agencies is burdensome. So, we’ve launched Researchfish - a survey database that will allow you to upload outcome data about your research to multiple funders easily and quickly.

Here’s what you’ll have to do:

You will automatically receive an email from Researchfish asking you to register. You then need to:

  • Register and start building your profile and research portfolio
  • Keep your portfolio updated throughout the year
  • Submit this information to us once yearly.

Please see our web page for further information on Researchfish.

Researchfish has organised training sessions in the form of webinars for researchers. For further information and registration please visit the Researchfish webpage.

Careers in academic cardiology

Entry into cardiology specialty training is highly competitive. Our Medical Director, Professor Peter Weissberg, was recently interviewed by the British Journal of Cardiology (BJC) and gave his views on starting a career in academic cardiology.

To read the interview please visit the BJC website here.

Online grant applications

All grant applications, except for Personal Chairs, Infrastructure Grants, Strategic Initiatives and Small Meeting Funds, must now be submitted using our Grants Management System (GMS).

What is GMS?

GMS is a web based application and review process for Fellowship, Project, Programme, Special Project and New Horizons grants.

How do I register?

New users will need to register on GMS before they submit an application. If you are already registered, sign in with your email address and password and update your profile if necessary.

How do I apply for a grant online?

Please begin by reading our how to apply instructions.

When you’re ready to apply, open the online application form

Use the GMS User Guide to help you complete all the sections of the online application form.

The following people will need to register to apply for and review most grants:

  • Grant applicants and co-applicants
  • Heads of department
  • Institutions' administrative authorities
  • Grant reviewers.

Is your research about to be published?

We always like to know when a paper from BHF-funded research is going to be published. Please let us know by email or call 020 7554 0188.