Who are BHF Alumni?

For over 50 years, thousands of researchers have benefitted from BHF funding – from PhD students to BHF Professors via technicians, clinicians, nurses, data specialists and statisticians. Past and present, they form a community dedicated to advancing our mission to eradicate premature deaths from CVD in the UK and around the world. Wherever their careers take them, our alumni continue to make important contributions in research, medicine, education, science communication, business and technology. Here you can meet just a few BHF alumni and find out what our global community means to them.

Professor Barbara Casadei

BHF Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and President of the European Society of Cardiology

Barbara Casadei

Collaboration is hugely important in fighting cardiovascular disease. The networks I have developed through the BHF Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Oxford, as well as through organisations such as the Fondation Leducq and the ESC, have opened new avenues for innovation and expanded the scale and relevance of my work. The BHF has fostered generations of scientists, many of whom are now working in academic institutions outside the UK or in global companies - in pharma, medical devices, and diagnostics - so the BHF alumni programme offers new and exciting opportunities.

Dr Jason Mellad

CEO and Co-Founder of Start Codon, formerly CEO of Cambridge Epigenetix

Jason MelladWhen I was completing my PhD and post-doc with BHF funding, I never imagined that one day I would be applying the skills I acquired to developing better diagnostic tests for heart disease, cancer and other diseases. At Cambridge Epigenetix, we believe great things happen when people work together. The success of our company depends on forging strong partnerships with leading researchers and institutions. Considering the huge range of experts who have worked on BHF-funded projects over the years, the BHF Alumni programme will be an invaluable networking resource, and I look forward to meeting new collaborators.

Dr Emma Agnew

Research Fellow at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

A photo of Emma Agnew in a labMy PhD at the University of Edinburgh was funded by the BHF. BHF Alumni opens doors to a huge range of activities for researchers. Engaging the general public with science is hugely rewarding. Taking the time to discover the impact of research reminds me why I carry out the work I do. I enjoy talking about research to the general public, attending events and meeting with other volunteers, researchers and patients to hear their stories. The link with the BHF community reminded me to think, on days where the research in the lab wasn’t going so well, that people really appreciate the work we do as scientists. 

Dr Athanassios Vratimos

International Product Specialist at Rontis AG

I feel atypical as a scientist who has shifted his career from a lab to the corporate environment. The experience and the skills I gained in my post-doc not only contributed to a better understanding of a disease that affects millions of patients, but also provided the foundation for my transition from academia to product management and industrial research. It's exciting to realise the potential of applying the knowledge I gained as a BHF-funded researcher in the current business environment, and a pleasure to join this global scientific community that continues to be active in supporting past and present researchers.