Opportunity to lead the UK’s integrated cardiovascular health data science centre
The BHF Cardiovascular Data Science Centre will be the UK’s leading, integrated initiative underpinning cardiovascular health data science. Health Data Research UK and the British Heart Foundation are excited to launch the recruitment for a visionary leader responsible for shaping and delivering the Centre’s ambitions, working with a diverse range of partners across the UK.
This is a major, career-defining leadership role within national and international cardiovascular data science. It requires a Director with vision and a strategic approach to be the figurehead of the Centre and lead the transformation of cardiovascular data science within the UK. The post holder will build and maintain effective working relationships within HDR UK, working in close partnership with the British Heart Foundation, and developing ongoing relationships with data custodians and a wide range of stakeholders.
If you would like an informal discussion about the role of Director of BHF Cardiovascular Data Science Centre, please email [email protected] and a call with a member of the senior management team will be arranged. Applications should be submitted to [email protected] by 9:00am on 18th July 2019. Interviews will take place in London on Monday 5th August 2019.
Find out more about the role and how to apply
Congratulations to BCS Young Investigator Award winner
Congratulations to Dr Donna Page, this year's winner of the BCS Young Investigator award. Along with colleagues at the University of Manchester, BHF-funded Dr Page has pinpointed two possible genetic causes of Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF). People born with ToF have four specific structural abnormalities in the heart, which mean they often have to undergo open heart surgery early in life.
This work will help doctors to support people with ToF to understand more about how their condition may be passed on.
Read more about the work, led by BHF Professor Bernard Keavney.
New AcMedSci Fellows
Congratulations to BHF-funded researchers Professor Colin Baigent, Professor Harry Hemingway, and Professor Michael Murphy who have been elected as fellows at The Academy of Medical Sciences.
AcMedSci are the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Their mission is to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society.
Name the new BHF meeting room
This year, we will be naming at least one BHF meeting room after a woman who has made a considerable contribution to heart and circulatory diseases and we'd love to hear some suggestions from you.
Nominees can be living or deceased, active in their careers or retired, but they must have made a significant impact in heart and circulatory disease research or care. You can nominate someone until the end of May.
Click here to nominate someone.
Industrial and Clinical Application of Cardiac Simulations
The Newton Gateway to Mathematics is hosting an event discussing the latest developments in cardiac simulation on Tuesday the 4th of June 2019. This particular event will open up discussions around the uncertainties and variabilities of current cardiac simulations to a wider audience, including those working in biotechnology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and the public sector.
The workshop will take place at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge.
Find out more and register here
Servier Award at the European Society for Microcirculation (ESM)
Congratulations to former BHF Fellow Dr Tamara Girbl for winning the Servier Award in Microcirculation. The Servier Award is given every 2 years by the European Societies for Microcirculation and Vascular Biology to an outstanding publication on microcirculation or vascular biology in basic or clinical research.
Published in Immunity, her work describes for the first time the cascade of molecular cues that guide neutrophils through inflamed blood vessels, demonstrating the complex control of this vital immune response. Dr Girbl will receive the award on Thursday, April 18.
Congratulations to BHF Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak
BHF Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak has been appointed as MRC Health Innovation Champion, on secondment from the University of Glasgow. This is a new senior role within the MRC and will enable more effective collaborations with commercial partners to encourage and support research in improving human health.
Professor Dominiczak looks forward to playing a part and sharing her expertise, and that of the University of Glasgow, as they work together to drive health innovation.
Warm congratulations to Professor Anna Dominiczak!
You can read more here.
BHF awards £34m to safeguard UK’s world-class research status
This month the BHF announced £34 million of new funding across 12 universities, in a step that bolsters world-class, UK-led heart and circulatory disease research.
The awards come from two of our highly-competitive BHF funding schemes: the Research Excellence Awards, which were first launched in 2008, and new Accelerator Awards. The awards provide funding for the next five years and are aimed at empowering researchers to undertake innovative science, break down boundaries and spark new collaborations in heart and circulatory disease research.
Find out more.
The BHF and Plan S open access
The BHF requires that publications arising from the research that it funds are made freely available to the broader scientific community and to the public, to maximise the reach and benefit of that research towards tackling heart and circulatory diseases.
In keeping with our Open Access policy, we are strongly supportive of the principal aim of Plan S to make all peer-reviewed publications arising from publicly-funded research immediately and freely available. In the coming months, we will look to engage directly with our researchers to gather their input and to represent them in further discussion with cOAlition S.
Read our statement on Plan S.
How should results from health research studies be made available to patient/other stakeholder groups?
Dissemination of research results is now recognised as an integral part of the research process. A team at Cardiff University want to find out what steps researchers, who carry out health related research, are currently taking to communicate research findings. And they would like to invite you to share your insights.
Please contact Maria Longo with any questions
Take part in the survey
Brexit updates for researchers
Since the EU referendum, the BHF has advocated consistently for preservation of UK/EU research funding, researcher mobility and regulatory alignment to allow for continued close scientific collaboration with EU members. We have created a page outlining a multitude of resources that may be helpful to EU nationals or researchers in receipt of EU funding. We will keep this up to date as we continue to get further information. We anticipate the guidance will continue to emerge – because the situation remains unpredictable, please do not hesitate to contact the policy team with specific questions or concerns.
Keep up to date here
BMA Foundation – Application deadline approaching
The BMA Foundation for Medical Research awards research grants each year (totalling approximately £780,000) to encourage and further medical research in a variety of areas. One of these grants, the Doris Hillier, is to assist research in the field of heart disease. Applications are invited from UK registered medical practitioners and a member of the BMA.
The deadline for applications is on 1 March 2019.
Visit the BMA website for more information, including how to apply
UK Stroke Research Workshop 2019
Organised by the NIHR CRN Stroke Specialty, and supported by the Stroke Association, the third UK Stroke Research Workshop will be held on 11th and 12th September, 2019, at Chancellors in Manchester. The workshop will feature international speakers, updates on the latest stroke research, and opportunities for networking and collaboration.
One or more fully funded bursaries (registration fees, accommodation and dinner as well as £100 towards travel) are available for medical students. To apply submit a one page abstract of a research project in stroke you have carried out – you should be prepared to present this orally or as a poster. This should be
structured with title; authors; institution; background, methods, results, conclusions. Submissions should be sent to [email protected], and the closing date is 9th June 2018.
Congratulations to Dr Anna Martinez-Naharro
Dr Martinez-Naharro has been awarded the 2018 Cardiovascular Imaging Young Author Achievement Award. The prestigious title was given by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and recognises Martinez-Naharro's paper entitled “Native T1 and Extracellular Volume in Transthyretin Amyloidosis,” which was published online (March 14, 2018) in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.
Warm congratulations to Dr Martinez-Naharro!
Are you interested in how the media works?
Are you a data scientist or researcher who works with big data, patient data, genomics or AI? Are you interested in the media – and how to help journalists report your subject better? On 31 January, the Science Media Centre (SMC) are hosting a free Introduction to News Media event at the Wellcome Trust. The SMC make sure the best science hits the headlines and is explained accurately and comprehensively.
Fore more information on how to attend take a look at the Science Media Centre website.
Who funds research into heart and circulatory diseases?
When it comes to Europe, the British Heart Foundation alone accounts for 14 per cent of the total funding into these conditions. Thanks to our contribution, the UK is the top runner in the European CVD research funding landscape.
This article published in the European Heart Journal looks at who the key players are, and how the BHF’s present and future contribution is so important – especially in the context of Brexit.
Congratulations to Professor Mandy MacLean
Professor Mandy MacLean has been awarded three prestigious honours in recent weeks. The British Pharmacological Society have awarded her an honorary fellowship to recognise her contribution to the Society, and for leadership in the public understanding of pharmacology, and in pulmonary pharmacology. Professor McLean has also been appointed as Scotland's Regional Champion for the Academy of Medical Sciences to help raise awareness of their work amongst the biomedical community. In addition she has been appointed as the Vice-President (Life Sciences) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Warm congratulations to Professor MacLean!
Congratulations to BCIS award winners
Congratulations to BHF funded researchers Dr Haseeb Rahman and Professor Colin Berry, who have been awarded the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS)'s Young Investigator Award and Research Award respectively. They received their awards at the second annual BCIS research day, held at thE Royal College of Physicians on the 13th of December 2018.
You can read more about the awards here
BHF-Turing Cardiovascular Data Science Awards
The BHF and the Alan Turing Institute will launch a second call for applications for jointly funded Data Science Cardiovascular Awards in January 2019. The joint funding scheme aims to support genuine collaborative research between cardiovascular investigators and data scientists in areas such as data access, privacy and anonymisation, machine learning, image analysis and modelling.
To support the call a collaboration building workshop will also be held on 25 February 2019 at the Turing Institute, London. You can visit our web page for more information on the scheme and the upcoming workshop.
You can also register here for updates on the call for applications and the workshop
BHF announces two new Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals
The BHF is pleased to announce two new Fellowship schemes for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, which will commence in 2019. Applications for both schemes will open in early 2019, and you can follow the links below for more information.
Research Training Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health ProfessionalsThe Research Training Fellowship aims to provide a foundation in research training for nurses and allied health professionals, leading to the award of a PhD.
Career Development Research Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health ProfessionalsThe Career Development Fellowship provides an opportunity for someone with an established research record to receive support to progress and become a leader in academic nursing or allied health research.
Job Opportunity - BHF Clinical Research Collaborative
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is establishing a National Cardiovascular Clinical Research Collaborative (BHF-CRC) to support the conduct of excellent clinical research in cardiovascular medicine and surgery in the UK. The network will provide an infrastructure to facilitate, enhance and coordinate the current clinical research efforts of existing cardiovascular and surgical societies and clinical study groups, all of which have pledged their support and many of which are supported by patient groups. We are seeking to appoint a full-time Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the BHF-CRC.
Find out more here
ESC Award Winners
Congratulations to the BHF-funded researchers who won awards at the ESC Congress this year. BHF-funded researchers won awards in several prestigious categories, including:
• Young Investigators Awards (Dr Timothy Cartlidge, Dr Evangelos K Oikonomou, Dr Ioannis Akoumianakis)
• Moderated Posters Awards (Dr Ify Mordi)
BHF Professor David Newby was also invited to give the ESC Rene Laennec Lecture on Clinical Cardiology – his title was ‘Cardiovascular imaging for the future: it’s chalk and cheese’.
You can read more about the awards here
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has launched a bespoke portal for recipients of Horizon 2020 grants to input basic information about their awards. This aims to support the continuity of funding for UK organisations which have been awarded grants from the European Union’s flagship science and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. Registration will ensure that UKRI can keep UK researchers and businesses informed of the next steps if the government needs to underwrite these payments.
You can access the portal and find out more information here
Clinical Study Grants and Excess Treatment Costs
The way Excess Treatment Costs (ETCs) are being paid is changing. As part of a pilot by the Department of Health to test these changes, researchers applying for HRA approval for clinical research studies taking place in England will need to complete a new form known as a Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Template (SoECAT) to attribute ETCs and the other costs of clinical research correctly. The SoECAT will need to be signed off by an NIHR AcoRD specialist before submission to the HRA. This will be a pre-requisite for the study to be eligible for the NIHR portfolio and to access the support portfolio adoption provides.
If you are submitting a full application to the BHF for a Clinical Study Grant to support a study taking place in England, you will need to submit the signed off SoECAT to the BHF as part of your application. You can submit the completed and signed off SoECAT to Carolyn Mill by email ([email protected]) alongside your online Clinical Study Grant full submission.
You can find out more about the new processes to pay ETCs here
The BHF appoints new Associate Medical Director
The BHF is delighted to announce that Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan has been appointed as a new Associate Medical Director.
Dr Babu-Narayan currently holds a BHF Intermediate Clinical Research Fellowship, and is Clinical Senior Lecturer at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital. She is internationally recognised for her research to improve the care and quality of life of adults who were born with heart defects (adults with congenital heart disease). Associate Medical Directors provide leadership and strategic direction to the vital research mission of the BHF, helping to ensure every pound donated is used to support research with the potential to make the maximum impact for those affected by heart and circulatory diseases. Dr Babu-Narayan will particularly oversee the BHF’s clinical research portfolio.
Read more here
NHS Innovation Accelerator – call for applicants
The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), is a national accelerator supporting dedicated individuals to scale their high impact, evidence-based innovations across the NHS and wider healthcare system.
As part of an annual international call, the NIA invites applications from exceptional individuals representing innovations which address clear needs and challenges faced by the NHS. Prevention and early detection of heart and circulatory diseases have been included as a key theme for this round of funding.
Find out more and apply
A new health research platform for North West London
The Discover register is a new health research platform, created by Imperial College Health Partners, which provides health researchers with a single point of access to data and potential research subjects in North West London (NWL).
It is a searchable database of the patients and healthy members of the public included in the NWL Whole Systems Integrated Care (WSIC) data who have consented to be contacted about relevant research opportunities. The aim of the register is to radically improve the way researchers are able to recruit to studies and ensure that researchers can meet recruitment targets by offering a ‘one-stop-shop’ for research recruitment.
To find out more about this tool, visit the Discover website
Convenor role for a new BHF centre for data science
As we enter the era of digital medicine, there’s a growing need to foster excellence in data science. At the BHF, we recognise the enormous potential of data science and want to create an environment where we can realise that potential. A new BHF centre for data science will provide the data science required to propel the UK to become the largest and best learning cardiovascular health system in the world, providing rich data resources required to better understand heart and circulatory disease.
To shape proposals for the Centre, Health Data Research UK will appoint a Convenor, a significant strategic role, that will ensure the scientific health data research community, key partners and stakeholders, professional bodies, organisations across the UK cardiovascular health system and UK data controllers have the opportunity to drive the Centre’s development. We are looking for someone to bring together the knowledge and expertise of all these partners and help us develop the proposals for this initiative.
Click here for more information on the role, including how to apply
Our new look
As BHF researchers, we’d love you to be amongst the first to know that, from this July, we’ll be changing the way we talk about what we do.
It’s important to stress that what we actually do, is not changing. But we do want people to better understand the full scope of research we fund. Because although our research starts with the heart, it doesn’t stop there. And it never has.
1 in 4 people in the UK die from heart and circulatory diseases. That’s heartbreak on every street. But by talking more about the connections between different cardiovascular conditions and highlighting our research into all of them, we will reach more people affected. We will do a better job of showing just why your research is so vital. And why we urgently need more support to keep funding that research.
So look out for our new TV ad this summer because that is when you’ll see our new approach come
Watch the video now
New e-learning opportunity
The British Journal of Cardiology have announced that their latest e-learning module on ‘Potassium and the heart’ is now available online. This module is designed to give healthcare professionals an introduction to potassium and the heart, and highlights aspects of the identification of potassium abnormalities, and how these can be treated.
This is the BJC's first e-learning module available as a short podcast and is available free of charge to all healthcare professionals.
BCS award winners
Congratulations to all of the award winners at this year's British Cardiovascular Society conference. We're pleased to announce that BHF Professors David Newby and Hugh Watkins, and BHF-funded PhD student Laurienne Edgar were among the worthy winners.
Find out who won what Is your research about to be published?
We always like to know when a paper from research we've funded is going to be published. Please let us know by email or call 020 7554 0164 and ask for the Research Communications team.
You can also sign up to our Researcher Newsletter to get regular updates on our latest grant recipients and other funding news.
Sign up to receive our Researcher Newsletter here.
Congratulations to award-winning BHF researchers
The Lymphovascular Research Group from St George’s, University of London were in attendance at the Gordon Research Conference on Lymphatics, which took place 11 – 16 March in Italy.
They had a very successful trip and ran away with most of the available prizes, including the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award in Lymphatic Research’ won by Professor Mortimer and the ‘Career Achievement Award in Lymphatic Research’ won by Dr Pia Ostergaard. The group has had significant support from the BHF over the years to help fund their exciting projects into the lymphovascular system and we would like to congratulate them on their success!
SheNote Speaker is a self-nomination list of women in respiratory and cardiovascular research. It aims to increase the visibility of women in these fields by providing a list that can be easily searched in order to find keynote speakers for conferences, reviewers, editors, collaborators, or new members of staff with particular expertise.
Follow this link find out more about the initiative or to sign up.
BHF researchers take home two prizes from CMR2018
Many congratulations to the team of BHF researchers from the University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance for winning two awards at the CMR2018 Joint EuroCMR/SCMR meeting in Barcelona. Dr Alexander Liu won the Early Career Award, whilst Professor Vanessa Ferreira won the award for publishing the most highly cited paper of 2014, for work funded by the BHF!
Congratulations to them both!
Professor Joanna Wardlaw wins award at the ASA conference
Professor Joanna Wardlaw from the University of Edinburgh has been awarded the 2018 William M. Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke at this year's American Stroke Association (ASA) conference for her research into Lacunar stroke.
Congratulations to Professor Wardlaw!
NHS Digital Research Advisory Group
The Research Advisory Group (RAG)
aims to support the better use of NHS Digital data and services for the benefit of patients and the public. Hosted by NHS Digital, the group consists of senior representatives from across research and the third sector, including the Association of Medical Research Charities, Health Research Authority, National Institute for Health Research and Medical Research Council. RAG aims to build a partnership that helps improve our data/services and enables better, faster research.
To keep up to date with RAG's progress, you can sign-up to receive their bi-monthly research bulletin.
BHF-Turing Cardiovascular Data Science Awards
The BHF has announced a new joint funding scheme to support collaborative research between cardiovascular investigators and data scientists that could generate data science solutions to key cardiovascular problems. Most applications are expected to be for small scoping or pilot projects, but applications for more extensive work to deliver larger projects will also be considered.
Please read the guidance notes for application details.
All applications must be made online via the Turing’s Flexigrant portal: https://ati.flexigrant.com
BHF-Daphne Jackson Fellowships
Applications are invited for up to two British Heart Foundation Daphne Jackson Fellowships to be held at any UK university or research institute. The fellowships are intended for individuals who want to return to an area of cardiovascular research after a career break of two years or more. The positions will be part-time for a fixed term of three years.
The Daphne Jackson Trust offers support during the application process, and the fellowship includes mentoring and retraining, giving awardees the confidence and skills they need to successfully return to a research career.
Further details on the fellowships and how to apply can be found here.
NHS Digital research newsletter
NHS Digital produce a bi-monthly research bulletin, to give important updates on new and emerging activity in the health and care sector. The bulletin includes articles which are specific to the research community around the access of data and new sets of data, to support life saving science.
Click here to subscribe to the newsletter.
Join our global network
We’re launching a free membership programme to support our community of past and present researchers throughout the world.
For over 50 years the BHF has funded cardiovascular research at all levels. Our aim with our new alumni programme is to establish a global family of BHF funded researchers past and present and to promote new collaborations in that family. The new programme will also offer professional development for all our members.
Join our network to be supported, informed and connected throughout your research and beyond, wherever your career may take you.
Dr Roger Thompson receives BHF Fulbright Award
Dr Roger Thompson, a clinician scientist from the University of Sheffield, has received our British Heart Foundation Fulbright Award. This will enable him to carry out his research at Stanford University on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.
Dr Thompson will work with Professor Marlene Rabinovitch, researching a rare but devastating disorder called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). This disease causes breathlessness, heart failure and death due to the narrowing of blood vessels and high blood pressure within the lungs. His research aims to find out more about how the body controls the narrowing of blood vessels, with the hope of finding new treatments.
BHF researchers elected as Fellows of the Royal Society
BHF Professor Hugh Watkins at the University of Oxford and Dr Patrick Vallance, GSK President of Research Development and a former BHF researcher, have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society.
The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship consisting of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from across the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows are elected for life for their excellence in science. This is well-deserved recognition of Professor Watkin's and Dr Vallance's achievements.
Improving support for clinical academics
Wellcome have now published the UK clinical academic training in medicine and dentistry: principles and obligations report. Supported by the British Heart Foundation and a number of other funding bodies, the principles and obligations aim to ensure that academic training is recognised and integrated with clinical training and work, and that the positive impact researching clinicians have on patient care is better acknowledged.
You can read the principles and obligations in full here.
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
Mapping a research career across the funding landscape
Navigating through the options available for funding and developing a career in biomedical research can be complex, with lots of information available from many different funders of research.
To help members of the research community view and compare the different fellowships and other funding schemes for different career stages, the BHF has joined together with the MRC and several other research funders to create an interactive and integrated map of the different awards that are available to biomedical researchers.
The ‘funding view’ of the Interactive Career Framework provides information and links for different award types, including the required level of experience, duration and amount of funding available. Researchers at all levels can now easily browse the opportunities available to them at their career stage from eight major UK grant-awarding bodies, including the BHF.
Click here to go to the newly improved Interactive Career Framework.
Fulbright – British Heart Foundation Scholar Award
One grant will be offered to a UK academic or professional to pursue laboratory based research into the biomedical or clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease for a period of 12 months at any accredited US higher education institution. Research projects must not involve direct clinical contact with patients.
Grants in this category cover the awardee’s salary for the duration of the grant at a level that is commensurate with his/her experience and in line with UK national pay scales. This funding is intended as a contribution towards any institutional fees, accommodation and general maintenance costs while in the US. In addition this award provides travel expenses for one round trip economy flight to the US.Find out more at about the award and how to apply.
In October 2015 we launched our new strategy for funding research for the next five years. The strategy follows a consultation and review period where our current approaches were considered.
The new strategy will enable us to continue to be at the forefront of cardiovascular research by building on our strengths and targeting areas of unmet need.
Find out more about our new Research Strategy and what it means for you
Are you fundraising for us?
If you’re taking part in a BHF event, a charity cycle, a fun run or trek, the BHF press team want to shout about it!
Help us connect fundraising to your research and we can work with you on writing a blog, getting in the local paper or give you some tips on maximising your donations.
Email [email protected] to let us know what you're doing.
Calling all budding bloggers
We want to help connect BHF-funded researchers with as many people as possible, from the general public to other researchers. We want to share what it’s like to be one of our driven researchers, fighting for every heartbeat.
To do this, we publish regular blog posts written by our funded researchers on our Medium blog. You can write about your life in the lab, explain a particular breakthrough or even share a video of your research in action.
Sharing your research in a way that’s accessible and understandable is great experience for all scientists, whatever stage of your career, and we would love you to get involved whether you’re just starting your career, perhaps as a PhD student, or a BHF Professor with decades of experience.
Email [email protected] to register your interest and find out more. Explore our Medium blog here.
We contribute to the
Charities Open Access Fund(COAF) - a fund to provide financial support for immediate
“gold” open access of peer reviewed original research articles and
Researchers must be based at one of the
36 universities involved in the scheme and the fund will take
the form of a block grant to each institution. The scheme is a
partnership between 6 UK medical research charities and will be
administered by the Wellcome Trust.
For researchers not based at one of the institutions, our usual
processes remain in place.
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.
Read our page on research evaluation for further information on Researchfish.