In early 2013 the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge & Bristol received a joint award of £2.5m from the British Heart Foundation to establish the Oxbridge BHF Centre of Regenerative Medicine (BHF CRM).
The Oxbridge BHF CRM brings together 26 world leading basic and translational research groups (13 based in Oxford, 12 based in Cambridge, and 1 based in Bristol) merging significant expertise in cardiovascular repair and regeneration (Oxford), wound healing (Bristol), with a major focus on stem cells (ESCs and iPSCs) and genetics in the context of regeneration (Cambridge).
"The BHF UK Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine award will enable us to integrate expertise in developmental and stem cell biology, wound healing and inflammation across Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol to identify future therapeutic targets towards mending broken hearts. This will be underpinned by an emphasis on research training and a novel Oxbridge graduate student programme supported by the BHF award and will serve as an important stepping stone towards securing further funding in regenerative medicine" Prof Paul Riley.
The CRE has established a 4 year DPhil (PhD) studentship programme with students spending time in Oxford and time in Cambridge or Bristol, under joint supervision. Full details of the studentships are available.
The Oxbridge BHF CRM is one of three BHF Centres of Regenerative Medicine, with the other Centres based in Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh. The 3 Centres are funded by the BHF Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.