New £12.6 million British Heart Foundation research centre set to open

9 June 2014        

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A multi-million-pound research facility, part-funded by the British Heart Foundation, will open its doors this week, paving the way for new life-saving discoveries.

The new state-of-the-art University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre will be officially opened on Wednesday 11 June 2014 and will be an important weapon in our fight against cardiovascular disease.

Bringing together over 200 heart scientists, as well as doctors and patients, the £12.6million facility aims to push the boundaries of research, driving for further advances in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular conditions which claim the lives of over 160,000 people in the UK every year.

The new research centre at Glenfield Hospital adjoins the existing Clinical Sciences wing which includes the university’s medical research and teaching facilities.

It will provide a home for researchers specialising in genetics, cell biology and clinical trials.

We are bringing together internationally renowned heart scientists who will carry-out cutting-edge research to help beat cardiovascular disease


Simon Gillespie, our Chief Executive, said: “By creating this unique facility we are bringing together internationally renowned heart scientists who will carry-out cutting-edge research to help beat cardiovascular disease for good.

“They will work to understand who is at risk of these conditions and will help find new and innovative ways to prevent and control them, potentially saving thousands of lives. The new Leicester heart hub will also provide outstanding training for the next generation of researchers who will make the life-saving breakthroughs of the future.

“None of this would be possible without the generosity of our supporters whose donations allow scientists to carry on this vital work up and down the UK.”