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British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence


About us

The King's British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centre of Research Excellence was established through a national competition in April 2008 and was successfully renewed in 2014 and 2019, receiving a total of £21 million funding to date. The mission of the Centre is to improve outcomes for patients with cardiovascular conditions through research-led discovery and innovation.

The Centre brings together a wide range of internationally renowned scientists and clinicians who are focused on basic and applied work that leads to advances in the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of heart diseases. Our ethos is to stimulate novel cutting-edge research by stimulating and facilitating interactions across disciplines, including those between basic scientists and clinicians.

Most cardiovascular conditions ultimately lead to heart failure. More than 550,000 people in the UK live with heart failure and one-year mortality after admission is >30%. The Centre aims to make significant advances in the prevention, diagnosis, stratification and treatment.

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Research activities

Molecular mechanisms in heart failure

Integrative cardiovascular mechanobiology

State-of-the-art in vivo imaging

Signatures and trajectories of heart failure


Education & training

The King’s BHF Centre offers an outstanding environment for cardiovascular research training. Training opportunities are available at Masters, PhD and postgraduate level, both for clinical and non-clinical scientists:

• Inter-disciplinary PhD Studentships
• BHF 4-year MRes/PhD Programme in Cardiovascular Science
• BHF Centre 3-year Joint PhD Studentships with Göttingen Heart Centre

We run monthly technology workshops (recordings hosted on our YouTube platform), an international seminar programme, subject-focused meetings, and an annual postgraduate research day and Centre symposium. We also provide a mentorship programme for early-career researchers.

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Contact us

Silvia Pedroni, BHF Centre Manager

(0) 20 7848 4679


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