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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

Contact our Centre

Centre Manager, Silvia Pedroni

0207 848 4679




Research activities

Most cardiovascular condition 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.

Using an inter-disciplinary integrative approach, the major themes of research activity include:

  • Molecular mechanisms in heart failure: understanding the molecular mechanisms that drive or prevent heart failure and how to potentially target them
  • Integrative cardiovascular mechanobiology: investigating how derailment of mechanically-induced responses contributes to heart failure
  • State-of-the-art in vivo imaging: developing novel disruptive technology to improve the diagnosis, stratification and treatment of heart failure
  • Signatures and trajectories of heart failure: parsing the heterogenous natural history and clinical course of heart failure to develop more personalized and effective management

We are pleased to hear from enthusiastic and talented researchers who wish to work in the Centre, including those in the early stages of an independent career.

Current opportunities available within the Centre

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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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