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British Heart Foundation four-year PhD grant success

23 August 2016

The BHF 4-year PhD programme in Integrative Cardiovascular Science will address the need to train the next generation of cardiovascular research leaders skilled in bridging research interfaces to produce significant impact for patient benefit and population health.

A recent programme bid, led by Prof Alastair Poole, for a four-year PhD programme with the British Heart Foundation has been successful.

Training will involve the integration of epidemiological, clinical, biological and translational expertise across the University and the NHS to address the important challenges of cardiovascular disease. Bristol is uniquely equipped to lead such interdisciplinary training, since its programme will be underpinned by its world-class resources and expertise, including: a world-leading academic cardiac surgery unit, an NIHR BRU in cardiovascular medicine, the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, ALSPAC and other large cohort resources, the Wolfson BioImaging Facility (for molecular, cellular and small animal model organisms), the Translational Biomedical Research Centre operating at NHS and GLPMA standards (for pig/sheep in vivo longitudinal studies), pre-clinical microPET/CT for in vivo evaluations in mouse/rat at the PETIC centre (Cardiff) and the Clinical Research Imaging Centre (for human imaging and mechanistic cardiovascular studies). 

Students will receive innovative training in their first year that is tailored to prepare them specifically for their main research project in years 2-4. The main project will cross two or more disciplines (epidemiological, clinical, biological and translational) with pro-active cosupervision, although the student will reside principally in one research group. The integration of disciplines will enable the student to complete their PhD training and graduate with a multidisciplinary set of skills enabling them to establish a top-ranking career in cardiovascular science. 

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