Cardiovascular Sciences

Organisational unit: School

Organisation profile

We put our hearts and, more importantly, our world-leading expertise into discovering more about the causes, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, the world’s biggest killer.

The Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences brings together more than 20 core principal investigators, with key Honorary clinical colleagues from partner NHS Trusts and Associate investigators from other Institutes and Colleges across the University of Birmingham, to form an inter-disciplinary collaborative team able to tackle leading health issues of our time.

We are based in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences on the University campus, with colleagues in the adjacent Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, as well as the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  We benefit from the outstanding ability of Birmingham to facilitate translational science through the Birmingham Health Partners, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)/Wellcome Clinical Research Facility, the biobanking capacity of the Human Biomaterial Resource Centre  and the Institute of Translational Medicine located next to the Institute.

Huge strides have been made in cardiovascular medicine and research over the past 20 years, but more still needs to be done – and we are at the cutting edge. Our work is extensively collaborative – the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is a major partner – with the vision of being an internationally recognised hub of researchers translating novel experimental findings to the clinical setting.

We are doing this in a number of exciting and innovative ways:

  • Angiogenesis
  • Heart disease and atrial fibrillation
  • Intravital microscopy - tracking cells in the blood in vivo
  • Platelets and thrombosis
  • White blood cells and vascular disease