Research

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences is to undertake bench-to-bedside research, education and training, and clinical practice that improves the health and well-being of patients and the public.

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Who We Are

The Department of Cardiovascular Sciences currently comprises around 124 staff and 73 postgraduate students. The Department has laboratory and clinical research facilities at Glenfield Hospital, the regional cardiac centre, including the £12.5M state-of-the-art University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre, as well research facilities at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and the Henry Wellcome Building. The Department hosts two BHF-funded Chairs (Cardiology: formerly held by Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, now Medical Director of the BHF; Cardiac Surgery: Professor Gavin Murphy), and a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Unit in Cardiovascular Disease. There are strong links with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, where senior clinical academics provide leadership in patient care, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching and training.

What We Do

Cardiovascular Research has been a strength of the Leicester Medical School since its inception. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Cardiovascular Sciences contributed significantly to the University’s Clinical Medicine (UoA1) submission; over 70% of research was classified as internationally excellent (22% world leading), and 2 of the 4 submitted impact studies were cardiovascular and rated 4*. The work of the Department has contributed to major advances in the treatment of coronary heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, hypertension and stroke, and at a fundamental level improved our understanding of the causes, including genetic predisposition, to cardiovascular diseases. In addition, our expertise in genetics, novel biomarkers and clinical trials maps to Leicester Precision Medicine Institute.

The overarching strategy for cardiovascular research is based on two main principles: (i) to integrate high quality basic and clinical science research, and (ii) to focus on common cardiovascular diseases and on questions of direct clinical relevance and impact.

Research Team Structure

All academic staff and students in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences are a member of at least one of the following Research Themes:

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Cardiovascular Precision and Stratified Medicine
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Dr Girolamo Calo (Hon)
Dr Emma Chung

Prof Tim Coats
Dr Veryan Codd
Prof John Coote (Hon)
Prof Alison Goodall
Dr Pankaj Gupta (Hon)
Dr Karl Herbert
Prof David Lambert
Dr Eylem Levelt
Prof Gavin Murphy
Dr Chris Nelson
Prof Andre Ng
Prof Leong Ng
Dr Will Nicolson (Hon)
Prof Ronney Panerai
Dr Prashanth Patel (Hon)
Prof Iain Squire
Prof Toru Suzuki
Prof Jonathan P Thompson (Hon)
Prof Shu Ye

Prof Matt Bown
Prof Nick Brindle
Prof Fadi Charchar (Hon)
Dr Veryan Codd
Prof Gianluigi Condorelli (Hon)
Dr Giovanni Mariscalco
Dr Simon McDonald (Hon)
Dr Chris Nelson
Prof Nilesh J Samani
Dr Tom Webb
Prof Shu Ye
Dr Matthew Charlton (Hon)
Dr Derek Chin (Hon)
Dr Emma Chung
Dr Victoria Haunton (Hon)
Dr Eylem Levelt 
Prof Gerry McCann
Prof Leong Ng
Prof Ronney B Panerai
Dr Kumar Ramnarine (Hon)
Prof Thompson G Robinson
Dr Vanesha Singh
Prof Jonathan Thompson

Cardiovascular Protection and Intervention
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Prof Nick Brindle
Dr Victoria Haunton (Hon)
Dr Christopher Hebbes (Hon)
Dr Karl Herbert
Dr Eylem Levelt
Prof David Lambert
Dr Amit Mistri (Hon)
Prof Gavin Murphy
Prof Andrew Ross Naylor (Hon)
Dr Will Nicolson (Hon)
Dr Rich Rainbow
Dr Glenn Rodrigo
Prof Rob Sayers
Dr Simon Scott (Hon)
Prof Iain Squire
Dr William Toff
Dr David Adlam
Dr Aamer Ahmed (Hon)
Dr Aiden Bolger (Hon) 
Prof Nick Brindle
Prof Matt Bown
Dr Frances Bu'Lock (Hon)
Prof Tim Coats
Dr Ffion Davies (Hon)
Prof Anthony Gershlick (Hon)
Prof Alison Goodall
Dr Leon Hadjinikolaou (Hon)
Dr Victoria Haunton (Hon)
Dr Simon Hetherington (Hon)
Prof Jan Kovac (Hon)
Dr Giovanni Mariscalco
Prof Gerry McCann
Dr Simon McDonald (Hon)
Dr Amit Mistri (Hon)
Prof Gavin Murphy
Prof Andrew Ross Naylor (Hon)
Prof Andre Ng
Prof Thompson G Robinson
Dr Glenn Rodrigo
Dr Athanasio Saratzis
Prof Rob Sayers
Dr William Toff

You can also learn more about how our research is being used to improve clinical outcomes and about our links with industry.

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