Mending broken hearts
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.
The Centres could help people like Lorraine. Lorraine had a heart attack in her 40s and her heart was so damaged that she is now suffering from heart failure.
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 then share different specialist knowledge and facilities.
Growing new blood vessels
University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Bristol and King’s College London
This Centre, led by BHF Professor David Newby, is focused on finding ways to grow new blood vessels to replace those damaged by a heart attack.
Using stem cells to mend broken hearts
Imperial College London, University of Nottingham, University of Westminster, University of Glasgow and UKE Hamburg
This Centre, led by Professor Sian Harding, is developing ways to grow patches of heart tissue from stem cells that could be used to repair damaged hearts.
Teaching the heart to repair itself
University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and University of Bristol
This Centre, led by BHF Professor Paul Riley, is advancing our understanding of how the heart might be taught to repair itself after the damage of a heart attack.