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04 March 2019

King's receives £6 million funding for heart and circulatory disease research

King’s British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centre of Research Excellence has received £6 million funding as part of the Research Excellence Awards 2019 to support the Centre’s research for the next five years.


Led by Professor Ajay Shah, the King’s BHF Centre of Excellence carries out cutting edge research and training in cardiovascular research, and brings together a unique range of internationally renowned scientists and clinicians from the School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences, along with colleagues from the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences and Randall Centre for Cell & Molecular Biophysics.

The Research Excellence Awards, first launched in 2008 are aimed at empowering researchers to undertake innovative science, break down boundaries and spark new collaborations in heart and circulatory disease research.

Since 2008, King’s has received £21 million funding in total, which is the highest amount received by any UK institution throughout the scheme. 

This year the BHF awarded £34 million of funding across 12 universities over the next five years to inspire world-class, UK-led heart and circulatory disease research. 

Our investment through these awards will bring together the best and brightest minds across medicine, tech and engineering to foster collaboration and encourage innovative thinking.

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation

We are delighted to have received this further Research Excellence Award from the BHF, in recognition of the internationally leading multidisciplinary team, expertise, infrastructure and training environment we have at King's. The award will enable us to make major inroads into the problem of heart failure as well as continuing to train the next generation of outstanding clinicians and scientists.

Professor Ajay Shah, Centre Director