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New funding for doctoral training in cardiovascular science

29 September 2016

The University of Bristol has received £2.5 million from the British Heart Foundation for a new interdisciplinary PhD studentship programme in integrative cardiovascular science.

The BHF 4-year PhD programme in Integrative Cardiovascular Science will train the next generation of cardiovascular research leaders, to be skilled in working across different research areas to produce significant impact for patient benefit and population health.

The programme will bring together epidemiological, clinical, biological and translational expertise across the University and the NHS to address the important challenges of cardiovascular disease. The PhD programme will be led by experienced PhD supervisors and underpinned by world-class resources at the University, including: a world-leading academic cardiac surgery unit; an NIHR Biomedical Research  Centre with major Cardiovascular and Population health Science themes in cardiovascular medicine; the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit; large cohort resources; and a variety of cutting-edge imaging facilities.

Professor Alastair Poole, academic lead for the new programme, said “Through this new PhD programme, we will provide innovative doctoral training at the interfaces between research fields, integrating Bristol’s world-leading research expertise in areas such as population health studies, cardiovascular surgery, and cellular and molecular discovery science to train the next generation of leading cardiovascular researchers.”

Professor John Iredale, Pro Vice Chancellor for Health, said “The integration of disciplines in this novel programme means the students will graduate with a multidisciplinary set of skills, enabling them to establish a top-ranking career in cardiovascular science. Such specially-designed interdisciplinary training provides a really exciting opportunity for the best students to excel.”

Up to five students per year will be admitted to the new programme, which will be advertised shortly on the University webpages. 

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