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 King's BHF 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.
The Centre Director is Professor Ajay Shah, BHF Professor of Cardiology at King's, and it includes PIs from the School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences and the Randall Centre of Cell & Molecular Biophysics.
See the full list of Principal Investigators within our Centre.
Most cardiovascular conditions ultimately lead to heart failure. More than 550,000 people in the UK live with heart failure. One-year mortality after admission for heart failure is >30%.
The King’s BHF Centre aims to make significant advances in the prevention, diagnosis, stratification and treatment of heart failure.
Current vacancies within the Centre