The Section of Cardiovascular Sciences in the School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, and the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences bring together leading clinical, basic and health science researchers with interests in regulation of the functions of the heart and vasculature, and processes linked to failure in these systems in disease.
Groups in the Institute for Biomedical Research collaborate with clinical researchers at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Birmingham City Hospital to focus on translational research on atrial fibrillation, heart failure, thrombosis, inflammatory vascular disease and responses to ischaemia and hypoxia
There are also links with the School of Health and Population Sciences, which has strengths in cardiovascular epidemiology, trials and diagnostics.
Major areas of research
Clinical Cardiovascular Science
Clinical Cardiovascular Sciences (CCS) encompasses a number of active research groups involving academics from within the University as well as clinicians from the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. There are a number of closely related research groups within CCS which incorporates fields such as cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, primary care and cardiovascular physiology.
Cardiorespiratory Integration and Control (CRIC)
The aim of the CRIC theme is to gain a better understanding of the physiological and pathological processes underlying the regulation of cardiovascular and respiratory homeostasis in health and disease. CRIC consists of basic scientists from across the University of Birmingham and clinicians from NHS trusts in the West Midlands. We use approaches from the sub-cellular to in vivo and clinical to study the impact of acute and chronic disturbances in cardiovascular and respiratory control.
Vascular Inflammation, Thrombosis and Angiogenesis (VITA)
Our overall aim is to understand how vascular cells interact with their local environment to control normal vascular responses during inflammation, coagulation and angiogenesis. Additionally, we are interested in how these processes might become altered in cardiovascular disorders such as atherosclerosis, arterial thrombosis, cancer growth and metastasis, ischemia reperfusion injury and chronic inflammation.