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The William Harvey Research Institute - Barts and The London

Professor Anthony Mathur


Professor of Cardiology and Centre Lead for Cardiovascular Medicine and Device Innovation

Centre: Clinical Pharmacology

Telephone: +44(0) 20 3765 8740


I divide my time equally between clinical work and basic science with the aim of conducting translational research. My basic science interests have evolved from my PhD undertaken at UCL where I gained an understanding of platelet and stem cell biology as well as cellular bioenergetics. These interests are now consolidated in my work looking at the mechanisms by which stem cells may improve cardiac function.

My clinical work is directed at interventional cardiology and the management of patients with heart failure and angina who have failed conventional therapy. I am Secretary of the ESC Task force on Stem cells in cardiovascular disease and also Chair the clinical group of the British Cardiac stem cells collaborative set up by Professor John Martin.

These roles have enabled me to design a series of clinical trials that will address some of the outstanding issues surrounding the use of stem cells to treat cardiovascular disease. I also have a major interest in the use of advanced cardiac imaging for translational research and have the role of Lead Clinician for Advanced Cardiac Imaging. 


Anthony Mathur leads a collaborative group with Prof. John Martin (UCL) seeking to address the role of stem cells in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. This partnership has lead to the establishment of the largest series of clinical trials translating the interesting results produced by basic experimentation into relevant therapeutic approaches in man. He now is the PI in one of the first Phase III clinical trials of cell therapy in acute myocardial infarction.

The clinical work is also underpinned by a collaboration with Prof Ken Suzuki (WHRI) to understand the basic mechanisms that are involved in stem cell repair of the heart.

Anthony Mathur’s other research interest is in advanced cardiac imaging and in particular its use to examine mechanistic aspects of translational research. He has assembled a state of the art collection of advanced imaging hardware (cardiac MR, PET/CT, cardiac CT, nuclear perfusion and advanced echo) that is strategically run through a joint imaging board that he chairs.

Overall Professor Mathur’s research in interventional cardiology is targeted at the no-option patient with the aim of developing new techniques and devices to treat patients that fall outside the remit of current recognised therapies

Key Publications

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  • Mathur A, Martin JF (2004). Stem cells and repair of the heart. Lancet Vol.364, (9429) 183-192.
  • Martin JF, Kristensen SD, Mathur A et al. (2012). The causal role of megakaryocyte-platelet hyperactivity in acute coronary syndromes. NATURE REVIEWS CARDIOLOGY Vol.9, (11) 1759-5002 658-670. 
  • Bartunek J, Dimmeler S, Drexler H et al. (2006). The consensus of the task force of the European Society of Cardiology concerning the clinical investigation of the use of autologous adult stem cells for repair of the heart. EUR HEART J Vol.27, (11) 0195-668X 1338-1340. 10.1093/eurheartj.ehi793
  • Fisher SA, Dorée C, Brunskill SJ et al. (2013). Bone Marrow Stem Cell Treatment for Ischemic Heart Disease in Patients with No Option of Revascularization: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS One Vol.8, (6) e64669-.
  • Clifford DM, Fisher SA, Brunskill SJ et al. (2012). Long-term effects of autologous bone marrow stem cell treatment in acute myocardial infarction: factors that may influence outcomes. PLoS One Vol.7, (5) e37373 10.1371/journal.pone.0037373.