Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

We are leaders in cardiovascular research, including atrial fibrillation and heart failure, thrombosis and haemostasis, and vascular biology.

New research to investigate methods of measuring heart function to improve care

Dr Karina Bunting, British Heart Foundation Fellow at the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (ICVS), has been awarded a £243,000 Career Development Fellowship to determine whether a new method of measuring heart function in patients with atrial fibrillation improves accuracy and better predicts future health problems.

Cardiovascular research areas

  • Cardiac Diseases

    Tracking the blood in the heart using cardiac MRI

    Our research aims to understand how our genes, environment, lifestyle, and activity of the heart interact to shape the function of our hearts.

  • Thrombosis and Haemostasis

    Wound-plugging platelets captured forming inside the bone marrow

    Our expertise means we are ideally placed to develop new strategies for therapeutic intervention in thrombosis and haemostasis driven pathology

  • Vascular Biology and Inflammation

    Developing vessels and macrophages in green supporting vessel development

    Our established multi-disciplinary research theme is focused on the multifaceted biology of endothelial cells.

  • Imaging and Technology

    Our technology experts are developing and applying innovative ways to image cardiovascular systems in vitro and in vivo

Areas of Excellence

  • Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE)

    Woman looking through a microscope

    A unique collaboration between the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham. Bringing together leading researchers to develop novel methods for visualising single membrane proteins.

  • British Heart Foundation Accelerator Award

    BHF Accelerator Award logo

    The University is one of six in the UK to receive a BHF Accelerator Award in recognition of its excellence in cardiovascular research. The award will boost all cardiovascular research in Birmingham, from discovery science to patient benefit

Latest news from the ICVS

Posted 20 December 2021

Dr Nicolson awarded 2021 Science Communication Prize

Dr Pip Nicholson, Clinical Lecturer in Haematology, is awarded this year's Furness Prize for Science Communication for showing excellence in science communication activities throughout the year.

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