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British Heart Foundation £3M Research Excellence Award for Edinburgh

Mar 2019: The British Heart Foundation has awarded Research Excellence Awards to six UK Universities, including £3M to Edinburgh.

The awards provide funding for the next five years and are aimed at empowering researchers to undertake innovative science, break down boundaries and spark new collaborations in heart and circulatory disease research.

Professor Andrew Baker, Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, will lead the team in its focus on diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, tissue fibrosis and calcification, vascular dysfunction as a driver of cardiovascular disease, as well as cutting-edge imaging and the implementation of cardiovascular healthcare data science to improve diagnosis, risk stratification and targeting of treatment. 

Professor Joanna Wardlaw of CCBS will lead the work package on Vascular Dysfunction: Blood Vessels, Vascular Disease and Vascular Dementia, which will also involve Professors Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, Ian Marshall, Colin Smith and others.

Professor Al-Shahi Salman will also be involved in the Cardiovascular Healthcare Data Science work package led by Professor Nick Mills in CVS.

This award will help us to deliver additional excellence in cardiovascular research in Edinburgh, building on our existing strengths and investing in new academic interactions to further deliver world leading research outputs as one of the very best international centres for the study of heart and circulatory diseases.

Professor Andrew BakerGustav Born Chair of Vascular Biology, Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences; Lead Investigator on the award

In addition to the funding Edinburgh, Research Excellence Awards have been made to the Universities of Glasgow, Cambridge, Imperial College London, King’s College London and Oxford.

Related links

Professor Joanna Wardlaw's profile

Professor Rustam Al-Shahi Salman's profile

Brain vascular disease research at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Announcement on British Heart Foundation website