BHF Centre of Excellence
The 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:
- provide a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment which catalyses imaginative and innovative cardiovascular research programmes
- place major emphasis on clinical translation, eventually leading to therapeutic advances in the areas of atherosclerosis, cardiac protection and cardiac failure
- engage noncardiovascular and non-biomedical scientists to direct their expertise to cardiovascular problems
- 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