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NIHR Barts Biomedical Research Centre

Resources & Facilities

Resources & Facilities

The NIHR Barts BRC works in collaboration with the following facilities:

Barts Heart Centre

Barts Heart Centre logo
Chief Executive: Professor Charles Knight

The unification of 3 major heart hospitals and 2 universities to provide cardiovascular clinical-care, research, and training. These include Newham University Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, Whipps Cross University Hospital, QMUL and UCL. This is one of the largest cardiovascular hospitals in Europe providing ~85,000 patient episodes of care per annum. The centre has 10 theatres, 10 catheterisation labs and more than 300 general, cardiac and critical care beds making it the largest of its kind in Europe. 

Visit Barts Heart Centre for more information.

Barts Cancer Institute

Director: Professor Nicholas Lemoine
Contact: Laura Odell

The Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Barts Centre, a partnership between Queen Mary University of London's Barts Cancer Institute and Centre for Prevention, Detection and Diagnosis at the Wolfson Institute of Population HealthBarts Health NHS Trust and CRUK, is part of a national network of 15 centres. Our vision is to focus on the application and translation of our research to the clinic, whilst continuing to conduct cutting edge, fundamental research to understand the mechanisms that drive tumourigenesis as well as the epidemiology, screening, and prevention of cancer.

Visit Barts Cancer Institute for more information.

Barts BioResource

Barts BioResource logoChief Investigator: Professor Steffen Petersen          
Contact: Maudrian Burton

The purpose of the Barts BioResource is to establish and grow a dynamic health data repository and linked biobank of consented patients managed by Barts Health NHS Trust to allow research into health and disease. The Barts BioResource relies on the donation of human blood, saliva, swabs, urine, faeces, and soft/solid tissue. Over 28,000 patients have consented to participate in the Barts BioResource project since its inception.

Visit Barts BioResource for more infomation.

Barts Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Unit (CVCTU)


Barts CTUDirector: Professor Amrita Ahluwalia

The Barts Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Unit (CVCTU) was established via a Barts Charity programme award in 2015 and supports trials delivering therapeutic innovation for patients with heart disease. We are a branch of the Barts CTU (ID:4) - a UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) registered unit. The CVCTU supports clinical studies focused on the broad area of cardiovascular research. Our current portfolio provides services and support to clinical trials conducted within the Barts Heart Centre, Barts Health NHS Trust, and Queen Mary University of London.

Visit Barts Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Unit (CVCTU) for more information. 

Barts Centre for Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging


QMUL logoCentre Lead: Professor Steffen Petersen
Contact: Jane Batchelor

The largest cardiac-imaging site in the UK. Approximately 8000 cardiac MRI scans, 4000 CTs, 50,000 echoes and 3000 nuclear cardiac scans are performed on-site per annum. This clinical-academic Centre is closely linked to the Department of Imaging at Barts Health NHS Trust’s Barts Heart Centre, and also collaborates closely with clinical academics from Queen Mary University of London and University College London. Together with Barts Heart Centre we offer highly rated cardiac imaging courses.

Visit Barts Centre for Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging for more information.

Barts Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics (SEMS) device collaborative

QMUL logoHead of School: Professor Hazel Screen

This has been created to harness excellence and expertise from Queen Mary University of London’s Division of Bioengineering & School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, UCL’s Bioengineering Department & Weiss Institute and Cambridge University’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. This collaborative will apply strong expertise on wearable and implantable sensors, material discovery by AI, robotics and additive manufacturing, and study bespoke sensor technologies which wirelessly link both physical and simulation data to the digital twin.

Visit Barts Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics (SEMS) device collaborative for more information.

Barts Life Sciences


Managing Director: Grant Bourhill
Contact: Gretchen Ladish

Barts Life Sciences is a collaboration between Queen Mary University of London and Barts NHS Trust, supported by Barts Charity. Through our partnership, we accelerate the latest healthcare innovations from bench to bedside. Barts Life Sciences have a rich history of turning discovery science into the delivery of transformative care. Through our partnership we are able to bring together some of the best minds in the country, across multiple disciplines, to enable knowledge sharing and facilitate exciting collaborations that drive scientific advancements forward.

Visit Barts Life Sciences for more information.

Cardiovascular Devices Hub (CVDHub)

CVDHub logoClinical Director: Professor Anthony Mathur
Contact: Alice Reid

A one-stop-shop for innovation linking SMEs to engineers, clinicians, researchers, regulators & business support specialists. This unique hub facilitates the engagement of cardiovascular businesses globally through bespoke innovation support and brokers collaborations with London’s academic and scientific knowledge base. The CVDHub supports business competitiveness and develops/delivers new cardiovascular products and technologies. The CVDHub was originally funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Barts Charity and The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust and is now an integral delivery arm of the NIHR Barts BRC.  For more information on the CVDHub’s services, process, facilities and team, or to get in touch please visit our website: CVD Hub.

Visit Cardiovascular Devices Hub (CVDHub) for more information.

Centre for Cardiovascular Medicine and Devices

CVMD logoClinical Director: Professor Anthony Mathur
Contact: Tania Begum

The Centre for Cardiovascular Medicine and Devices at Queen Mary University of London has been created to bridge the gap between academics and clinicians in their endeavour to innovate in translational medicine. The centre’s projects include next-generation stent technology and big data consolidation.

Visit Centre for Cardiovascular Medicine and Devices for more information.

Clinical Research Centre at the William Harvey Heart Centre

QMUL logoCo-Directors: Dr David Collier & Dr Manish Saxena
Contact: Suzanne Wood

The William Harvey Heart Centre was opened in 2011 by Sir William Castell LVO and is dedicated to tackling the growing burden of heart disease and stroke worldwide. A major attribute of the Heart Centre is the integration of laboratory work with patient engagement alongside a state-of-the-art Clinical Research Centre, which can run clinical studies in multiple therapeutic areas specialising in, but not limited to, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrinology and rheumatology diseases.

Visit Clinical Research Centre at William Harvey Heart Centre for information.

Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI)

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Director: Professor Greg Slabaugh

Queen Mary's Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI) brings together world-leading researchers to drive new multi-disciplinary data science research and create innovative applications using digital technologies. DERI is the centre of digital, data science, and AI research at Queen Mary, bringing together experts from across our Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering and the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Visit Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI) for more information.

East London Genes & Health  

East London Genes and Health logo
Chief Investigator: Professor David van Heel

Genes & Health is a research study set up to help fight against these and other major diseases. We are currently recruiting volunteers in East London Genes & Health (2015-), Bradford Genes & Health (2019-) and Manchester Genes & Health (2022-). 

Visit East London Genes & Health for more information.

Precision Health University Research Institute (PHURI)

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Lead: Professor Claudia Langenberg
Contact: Shalini Jadeja

The PHURI will revolutionise precision healthcare from East London, changing lives locally and globally through ambitious and innovative patient-focused research in diverse communities. The new cross-faculty institute builds on the powerful partnership between Queen Mary University of London and Barts NHS Trust. It will continue the organisations’ shared focus on accelerating the latest healthcare innovations from bench to bedside to deliver better health for all.

William Harvey Research Institute

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Professor Panos Deloukas
Contact: Jo Odetola

William Harvey Research Institute is one of the largest integrated pharmacological centres of excellence in the world with over 530 researchers focused on cardiovascular and musculoskeletal therapeutic innovation. The institute’s primary research focus and excellence lies in our cardiovascular, endocrine and inflammation research themes. In addition, the Research Institute is home to international excellence in critical care and perioperative medicine research.

Visit William Harvey Research Institute for more information. 

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