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About us

The School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences pursues internationally leading research programmes that address the fundamental mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal cardiovascular function, and drives translation of strong basic science into advances in clinical practice.  Activities focus on cardiac biomedicine and vascular biomedicine. Head of the School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences is Professor Ajay Shah.

Occupying facilities across Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Denmark Hill campuses the School comprises of around 290 research workers (including 50 Principal Investigators [PIs] and 70 PhD/MD students) whose work is focused on the mechanisms and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The School has excellent infrastructure and facilities and strong collaborations with groupings focused on imaging, structural biology and genetics.


The School's mission is to:

  • Pursue internationally leading laboratory-to-bedside research programmes that address fundamental molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal cardiovascular function.
  • Link these to translational research that improves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human cardiovascular disease.
  • Undertake high quality research training for non-clinical and clinical scientists.

British Heart Foundation Partnership

The School hosts the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at King's which brings together a unique range of internationally renowned scientists and clinicians from across the School to focus on basic and applied work that leads to advances in the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of heart diseases, and delivers outstanding research training for clinical and non-clinical scientists.



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