Organised by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the visit on 16 May 2018, showcased the BHF funded research taking place at the BHF Centre of Excellence at King’s College London. During the visit, hosted by Professors Shah and Perera, the team of MPs also toured St Thomas’ Clinical Research Facility (CRF) Unit, which provides a dedicated space for cardiovascular and cardiometabolic studies.

Professor Ajay Shah presenting to a group of MPs on a visit to the St Thomas' CRFProfessors Shah and Perera provided the Committee with an overview of the bench to bedside research programmes that we are pursuing in our BHF Centre of Excellence, and within the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London. The committee were also given a tour of the outstanding infrastructure which enables us to conduct world leading clinical studies aimed at finding new and better ways to treat heart disease.

Commenting on the visit Professor Shah, who leads the BRC’s Cardiovascular Theme said  “The visit was a great opportunity to highlight the outstanding infrastructure that we have here at King’s Health Partners to conduct world leading clinical studies. I think the MPs took away not only a sense of the exciting research and its impact on health and the wider economy, but also the importance of international partnerships, teamwork and nurturing new talent”


Further information
The visit took place on 16 May 2018

Professors Shah and Perera
Professor Ajay Shah is a BHF Professor of Cardiology & Head of Cardiovascular Division at King’s College London and a Director of the King’s BHF Centre of Research Excellence.He is also an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist and leads our BRC’s Cardiovascular Theme.

Professor Divaka Perera is a Consultant Cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Interventional Cardiology at King’s College London.

Clinical Research Infrastructure
NIHR Clinical Research Facility at Guy’s and St Thomas’

Photos: Tim Bekir/British Heart Foundation