Covid19 Rapid Research

BHF CoRE Glasgow Professors Touyz and Berry have both secured funding under the Scottish Government’s Rapid Research programme and together with their research teams are supporting global efforts to combat Covid-19 and better understand its wider effects on people with heart and circulatory diseases.

Professor Rhian Touyz's project investigates if patients with high blood pressure suffer more severely when infected with coronavirus and whether certain blood pressure drugs aggravate or improve infection. Their findings are especially important in Scotland where almost a third of adults have high blood pressure.

People with heart and circulatory diseases are at increased risk from Covid-19. Professor Colin Berry’s study - CISCO-19 - involves 160 patients who have been hospitalised with Covid-19 to assess for heart and lung injury using imaging scans, and related wellbeing. They will examine which patients are at risk of heart injury and why only some suffer heart problems.


For further information please contact BHF CoRE Glasgow Centre Manager Mrs Karen Trofimova at  

First published: 20 May 2020

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