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British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence


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 & SciencesSchool 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

Contact our Centre

Centre Manager, Silvia Pedroni

0207 848 4679







Keep up to date with our COVID-19 research

The King's BHF Centre is heavily involved in the #CovidEffort against the ongoing global pandemic. Our researchers, whose expertise encompass a broad range of topics, are currently working on many different projects, from investigating why BAME populations are more likely to suffer from the virus, to using robotic technology to identify drugs that could be useful in treatment, and much more.





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

Find out more about our training opportunities

We run monthly technology workshops, an international seminar programme, subject-focused meetings, and an annual post-graduate research day and Centre symposium. We also provide a mentorship programme for early career researchers. 






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Our events

16 Feb

Imaging of mice and humans

16 February 2021

A BHF Centre Technology Workshop with Professor Rene Botnar and Dr Alkystis Phinikaridou