The Wales Heart Research Institute
The Wales Heart Research Institute (incorporating the The Sir Geraint Evans Wales Heart Research Institute (WHRI)) is based in the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences and including cardiovascular research from within Cardiff University and the University Hospital Wales.
The Institute includes laboratory-based and clinical research scientists working together as interdisciplinary teams tackling important cardiovascular problems including vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis, heart failure and sudden cardiac death.
Research in the WHRI
Professor Alan Williams is the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Sir Thomas Lewis Professor of Cardiovasvular Science, he and a leading international team of researchers investigate the working of a giant protein (the calcium-release channel) which controls cardiac muscle contraction and regulates the heartbeat. Defects in this protein have been recognised as an underlying cause of arrhythmia, irregular heart rhythms which can sometimes cause sudden death, a heart condition that devastate families every year.
The BHF is also instrumental in funding a large programme on lipid and coagulation research, led by Professors Valerie O’Donnell and Peter Collins. They have discovered many new lipid signaling molecules that regulate vascular inflammation and thrombosis. Additional BHF-funded research includes studies on the complement system and atherosclerosis (Tim Hughes, Paul Morgan).
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Contact Details for the Institute
Wales Heart Research Institute
Cardiff University School of Medicine
Cardiff. CF14 4XN
Interim Chair: Prof Valerie O'Donnell
Interim Vice-Chair: Prof Alan Williams
Ms Eleanor Hewett
Senior Development Manager
development & Alumni Relations
Deri House, 2-4 Park Grove
Cardiff. CF10 3BN
Tel: 029 2087 0372