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Oxford BHF CRE cardiovascular research training programme

The Oxford BHF CRE training budget supports a range of award types, including the development of skills-training programmes for cardiovascular research, the Oxford BHF CRE Transition Research Fellowship programme, undergraduate vacation student awards, and overseas collaboration travel awards.


The aim of the BHF CRE training programme in research skills and techniques is to bring together DPhil students, research assistants, and post-docs with an interest in Cardiovascular Science from across the University of Oxford to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between research groups and between Departments and research centres.

The main focus of the programme is to provide training in research techniques used in both basic and clinical cardiovascular research, and to give young researchers the opportunity to “meet the experts” in an informal setting.

The programme is organised and chaired by Prof Charis Antoniades and Prof Barbara Casadei; speakers are mostly from within the University of Oxford but also from other Universities or from Industry. The topics presented in the course change depending on the feedback received from the attendees.

Previous courses include programmes on Cardiovascular Imaging, Specific Applications of Knowledge and Expertise plus an Applications, Tips and Tricks series.

Cardiovascular Imaging - 

A focus on imaging techniques used for diagnosing cardiovascular diseases, including outlining the use of radioactive tracers for PET imaging as well as new methods for functional MRI and CT angiography and nanoimaging. Applied to early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Specific Applications of Knowledge and Expertise -

Including methods on studying RNA, such as qRTPCR interpretation, nitric oxide synthases with relevance to clinical applications and immunometabolism with a variety of techniques like CyTOF.

Applications, Tips and Tricks series -

Consisting of a 3-part programme looking at core and advanced laboratory techniques, as well as research tools on a wide range of techniques from the use of FRET and biosensors to Intravascular Ultrasound.

Training in mass spectrometry-based ‘omics techniques

The ‘Omics Training Scheme was established by the BHF Centre for Research Excellence, in collaboration with the Advanced Proteomics Facility at the Target Discovery Institute (TDI), with a view to increase awareness, accessibility and training in mass spectrometry-based ‘omics research across the University.  

The scheme is organised and chaired by Dr Jillian Simon, Dr Mark Crabtree and Dr Roman Fischer and offers a number of training opportunities, including: seminars on the application of mass spectrometry to ‘omics research; hands-on training in various ‘omics workflows; and advanced training in state-of-the-art technology and novel workflows, including the opportunity for DPhil students to undertake a lab rotation at the TDI.  In addition to the training programme, the scheme offers CRE members direct access to ‘omics infrastructure within the Advanced Proteomics Facility at a strongly reduced cost. 

Members of the BHF CRE are invited to participate in seminars and hands-on workshops covering an array of mass spectrometry workflows.  The programme of courses varies from term to term, with some courses running more frequently than others according to demand.  An up-to-date schedule of courses and seminars can be found below.  Courses are free of charge, but registration is required. 

For further information on training and discounts, please contact either Jillian Simon or Mark Crabtree.

Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology and iTs applications

This training scheme was proposed and coordinated by Associate Professor Jemma Hopewell.

The 1-day training workshop will provide an introduction to genetic epidemiology and the exciting opportunities genomic studies can offer in human disease research. Participants will be introduced to the main concepts, principles and approaches used in human genetic epidemiological studies and will develop an understanding of the impact of human genetic variation on disease and how well-designed genetic studies can be used to explore this. This workshop is aimed at those with little or no background in genetic epidemiology, but who have an understanding of general epidemiological and statistical principles.


next available courses and previous course programmes  here