6 BHF centres pushing the boundaries of heart research

We want to help people suffering from diseases of the heart and circulation as soon as possible, which is why we’re investing millions of pounds of your generous donations to fund six Centres of Research Excellence.

The six-year investment began in 2008 with an initial investment of £34m across four universities: Oxford, Edinburgh, and King’s College and Imperial College, both in London. In 2013, we invested a further £24m and created two more centres, at the universities of Cambridge and Glasgow. 

In 2014, Heart Matters went on a virtual tour of the centres to find out why they’re so important in the fight for every heartbeat.

Oxford: explaining why the centres are so special

BHF Professor Hugh WatkinsIn the first of the series Professor Hugh Watkins told us how the centres of research excellence encourage researchers from different disciplines to work together, and attracts talented people to work in cardiovascular research. 

He explains how Oxford is attracting high calibre researchers to the field who might not otherwise have been doing cardiovascular research. 

Read more about our Oxford Centre of Research Excellence.

Kings College, London: world-class research talent

Kinya Otsu with members of his team at King's College LondonAs well as being part of a global network of research into cardiovascular disease, our research centres attract world class talent from overseas. 

In the second stop of our tour, Professor Kinya Otsu, one of the world’s leading researchers into heart failure tells us why he, and some of his team, relocated to London.

Read more about Kinya Otsu's move to King’s College London.

Cambridge: Genetic cause

Kath GrahamAt our Cambridge Centre of Research Excellence, Professor Nick Morrell, is investigating possible genetic cause of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, a chronic and debilitating condition that affects the blood vessels in the lungs and that can lead to heart failure. 

Edinburgh: A breath of fresh air

BHF Professor David NewbyResearchers at our Edinburgh centre are world leaders in exploring possible links between air quality and coronary heart disease (CHD)

BHF Professor David Newby told us about their work at the centre, and working internationally with colleagues in the Netherlands and Beijing. 

Imperial College, London: A passion for research

a passion for research

We spoke to BHF PhD student Maeve Elder as she began the second year of her PhD. She told us how her supervisors encourage her in her work, which is focussing on how treatments for cancer can lead to damage to the heart. 

Maeve is studying the mitochondria - tiny structures inside our cells - to discover a clue to why this damage occurs.