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17 April 2024

Launch of new HealthTech Research Centre for cardiovascular and respiratory medicine

Guy's and St Thomas' and King's College London have launched a new HealthTech Research Centre (HRC) as part of £42 million England-wide funding.

Digital image of heart and lungs

The new HealthTeach Research Centre (HRC) is based within the St Thomas' hospital campus and will work with industry and academic partners to develop new technologies, medical devices and digital solutions for cardiovascular and respiratory medicine. 

The HRC is one of 14 new HealthTech Research Centres across England which received nearly £42 million in total from the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR). 

I am proud to announce the NIHR Cardiovascular and Respiratory HealthTech Research Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' and King's College London. With the infrastructure provided by the centre, we will support the development of new technologies, growing health-tech in the UK and helping people live more independent and healthier lives for longer.

Amedeo Chiribiri, consultant cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’, professor of cardiovascular imaging at King’s College London, and HRC co-director.

The HRC will be headquartered within the London Institute for Healthcare Engineering (LIHE), a new flagship building dedicated to bringing MedTech innovations to patients and the market.

Designed as a "one stop shop," the HRC will focus on four themes:

  • Cardiovascular diseases in adults
  • Technologies for children with congenital heart diseases
  • Cardiovascular interventions
  • Respiratory medicine

In addition to developing technologies to support and promote the use of health-tech at home, the centre will develop training for the next generation of health-tech innovators and researchers.

Building on the extensive expertise in the management of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory conditions, biomedical and clinical engineering, we are able to offer a centre based in the heart of London but with national remit, that will foster and accelerate the translation to bedside of new promising technologies for the benefit of patients, the NHS, and the British economy.

Miss Rachel Clough, consultant vascular surgeon and clinical senior lecturer in surgical and interventional engineering at King’s College London, and HRC co-director.

Only a handful of life-saving innovations make it to the patient bedside due to the complexities of bringing medical technology innovations to market. By collocating critical stakeholders within LIHE's dedicated physical space side by side to our University and Hospital, we are giving innovations the best chance of making a real impact, at pace.

Professor Sebastien Ourselin FREng FMedSci, Director of LIHE and Head of the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences.
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In this story

Amedeo  Chiribiri

Professor in Cardiovascular Imaging and Consultant Cardiologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’

Rachel  Clough

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Surgical and Interventional Engineering

Sebastien Ourselin

Professor of Healthcare Engineering