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BHF Centre of Research Excellence


In 2008 the University of Oxford received an £8.4m award from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to establish a Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) to enable further research into cardiovascular disease, which is the UK's biggest killer. A further £6m award was received in 2014. The Centre Director is Prof Hugh Watkins.

The BHF CRE in Oxford brings together 58 world leading clinical and laboratory researchers, based in 10 University Departments and Centres. Their research spans diverse areas and covers the translational research spectrum, from basic to clinical research.

Research themes include cardiac developmental biology, epidemiology & clinical trials, cardiac imaging, human genetics, cardiovascular cellular signalling, cardiovascular pharmacology, target discovery, vascular biology and myocardial biology & disease.

The ultimate goal of the BHF CRE in Oxford is to help prevent cardiovascular disease and to find targets for new treatments or cures.

The BHF Centre for Research Excellence in Oxford is a great opportunity for us to strengthen and extend our existing collaborations - finding new solutions to old problems and improving the prevention and treatment of heart disease.
Professor Rory Collins