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BHF Centre of Research Excellence

BHF Centre of Excellence

British Heart Foundation logoThe King's British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centre of Research Excellence was established in April 2008 with £9 million funding from the BHF with the aim of promoting cutting edge research and training in cardiovascular research. The Centre brings together a unique range of internationally renowned scientists and clinicians from the Cardiovascular Division, Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics and Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering who are focused on basic and applied work that leads to advances in the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of heart diseases. 

The Centre is directed by Professor Ajay Shah, BHF Professor of Cardiology at King’s, with a Steering Group comprising research theme leads.

The principal aims of the Centre of Research Excellence are to build upon the foundation of existing cardiovascular and related non-cardiovascular strengths at King’s to:

  1. provide a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment which catalyses imaginative and innovative cardiovascular research programmes
  2. place major emphasis on clinical translation, eventually leading to therapeutic advances in the areas of atherosclerosis, cardiac protection and cardiac failure
  3. engage noncardiovascular and non-biomedical scientists to direct their expertise to cardiovascular problems
  4. deliver outstanding research training and a nurturing environment for clinical and non-clinical scientists.


  • To nurture a critical mass of high quality multi-disciplinary scientists within a highly collaborative environment that catalyses internationally-leading cardiovascular research programmes.
  • To be a beacon that attracts talented individuals to research training programmes and careers in cardiovascular science and academic medicine

Steering Group Members

Professor Ajay Shah (Chair) Head, Cardiovascular Division

Professor Metin Avkiran Lead, Graduate Training

Professor Phil Blower

Professor Rene Botnar

Professor Sue Brain

Professor Philip Chowienczyk

Professor Philip Eaton

Professor Mathias Gautel

Professor Malcolm Irving Head, Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics

Professor Michael Marber Lead, Clinical Academic Training

Professor Manuel Mayr

Professor Kinya Otsu

Professor Jeremy Pearson

Professor Reza Razavi Head, Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering

Professor Anne Ridley

Professor Catherine Shanahan Lead, Mentorship of Female Scientists

Professor Qingbo Xu

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