BHF Research Accelerator Award

Group photo from BHF Accelerator Event

The University of Birmingham is one of six universities in the UK to receive a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Accelerator Award in recognition of its excellence in cardiovascular research – in particular, atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure, thrombo-inflammation and vascular biology.

The £1 million award will boost all cardiovascular research in Birmingham, from discovery science to patient benefit, that is coordinated in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (ICVS) and translated uniquely by Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) – a strategic alliance between the University and two NHS Foundation Trusts: University Hospitals Birmingham and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s. Research enabled by the grant will be supported by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust (SWBH). 

The committee

Accelerator Committee

The Accelerator Committee is a diverse arrangement of staff and students who can offer various views into how the Institute can benefit the most from the funding awarded by the BHF.

Our partners

This award would not be possible without the support and collaboration of our partners, all of which we have built strong working relationships and together enhance the quality of research produced: 

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Current vacancies

This award offers the opportunity to fund a number of new positions to integrate research excellence, including new research nurse capacity in local hospitals, data scientists working within the Midlands Health Data Research UK (HDR-UK) and fundamental researchers embedded into the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and the Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE).

Below are the current opportunities available along with the links to the official application page:

There are no vacancies at this time, please periodically check this page as it is constantly updated.

What we fund

Staff 

Dr Amanda Dalby

Dr Amanda Dalby
Amanda Dalby is funded by the British Heart Foundation’s Research Accelerator Award and COMPARE, and is supporting projects that use fluorescent microscopy in the cardiovascular system. Email: a.l.dalby@bham.ac.uk

Sophie Broadway-Stringer

 

 



Dr Sophie Broadway-Stringer
Dr Sophie Broadway-Stringer is funded by the Accelerator Award to assist with in vivo investigations, especially murine echocardiography. 

 

Disruptive idea award

Dr Abdullah Khan

Christopher O'Shea

Dr Jasmeet Reyat

Dr Mark Thomas

Award Opening Event

The Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences will be hosting an opening event to celebrate the outstanding research that secured the BHF Accelerator Award. The event took place on Monday 28th October 2019. Highlights from the event can be found on the Institute twitter account and an article has been written with all the details from the afternoon, read more.

BHF Accelerator Award Opening Event Brochure

Publications

Bunting KV, Steeds RP, Slater LT, Rogers JK, Gkoutos GV, Kotecha D. A Practical Guide to Assess the Reproducibility of Echocardiographic Measurements. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2019 Dec;32(12):1505-1515. doi: 10.1016/j.echo.2019.08.015. Epub  2019 Oct 22.

Hendriks JML, Fabritz L. AI can now identify atrial fibrillation through sinus rhythm. Lancet. 2019 Aug 1. pii: S0140-6736(19)31719-2. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31719-2. [Epub ahead of print]