Centres of Regenerative Medicine
In 2013, we took a major step towards mending broken hearts, when we committed to funding three pioneering Centres of Regenerative Medicine at top UK universities.
We pledged £7.5m over four years from our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal to fund scientists looking for new treatments to repair the damage caused by a heart attack
These centres are helping us take significant steps towards our ultimate goal of finding a cure for heart failure. But we need your continued support for our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal to fund them.
Each centre has a different scientific focus. Together, they complement each other in looking for answers to all the biggest questions in regenerative heart science.
The centres are not centred on a particular building or even institution, but each is a unique collaboration between experts from a number of universities - they can share different specialist knowledge and facilities.
Growing new blood vessels - University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Bristol and King's College London - £2.5m
This Centre is focussed on finding ways to grow new blood vessels to replace those damaged by a heart attack.
Find out more about growing new blood cells.
Using stem cells to mend broken hearts - Imperial College London, University of Nottingham, University of Westminster, University of Glasgow and UKE Hamburg - £2.5m
This Centre is developing ways to grow patches of heart tissue from stem cells that could be used to repair damaged hearts.
Find out more about how stem cells could mend broken hearts.
Teaching the heart to repair itself - University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and University of Bristol - £2.5m
This Centre is advancing our understanding of how the heart might be taught to repair itself after the damage of a heart attack.
Find out more about how we could teach the heart to repair itself.
Regenerative medicine is a huge scientific discipline, encompassing the search to grow new cells to replace damaged ones in many areas of the body. These Centres will help cement the quest to mend broken hearts as one of the main goals for regenerative medicine scientists in the UK.
The generous donations of our supporters have ensured that heart science is at the forefront of a new regenerative medicine strategy for the UK, and brings the best scientists from the UK and all over the world together in the fight to find a cure for heart failure.
We need your help
Please support our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal and help turn the cutting-edge research at our Centres of Regenerative Medicine into life-changing treatments for people with heart failure. We can only mend broken hearts and beat heart failure with your help.