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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).

If you would like to donate to WHRI you can do so online or by sending cheques* to the below address.

Contact Details for the Institute

Professor Valerie O'Donnell (Interim Chair)
Tenovus Building
Cardiff University School of Medicine
Heath Park
CF14 4XN


* Cheques to be made payable to 'Cardiff University' and declare the donation is for Cardiovascular Research.