We're partnering with the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) to fund three new PhD research projects.
As well helping to drive advances that could benefit heart health, the projects could help reduce the need for animals in cardiovascular research. Each of the research grants is worth £90,000 over three years.
What is the research?
The projects include developing ways to study artery injury and aortic aneurysm that use fewer animals, and a project that explores the similarities between fruit fly and mammalian hearts. This could mean researchers can study the hearts of flies instead of larger animals.
Dr Vicky Robinson CBE, Chief Executive of the NC3Rs said:
"We are particularly excited about our PhD studentship partnership with the British Heart Foundation and hope that this will encourage other charities to work with the NC3Rs in this way. The new collaboration is a great opportunity to minimise the use of animals in cardiovascular research and at the same time provide benefits for patients."
Committed to reducing animals in research
Our Associate Medical Director, Professor Jeremy Pearson, said:
"These projects are a clear demonstration of our commitment to minimising and refining the involvement of animals in our funded research. The studies are also excellent science that could ultimately benefit people who suffer from a heart attack or aortic aneurysm."
The NC3Rs will begin advertising for suitable candidates to take on the PhD projects in early 2016. People looking to start a career in cardiovascular research can visit their website for more information about the grants and how to apply.
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