Fully-funded 3 year PhDs

The BHF Centre of Research Excellence offers 3 year fully-funded PhDs for Clinicians. One of our flagship training programmes, clinicians have the opportunity to undertake a PhD research programme at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, bringing their clinical experience and knowledge together with basic science to explore a specific research pathology question in the field of vascular science and biomedicine. 

Previous BHF CoRE Clinical Fellows have investigated topics such as; cardiovascular and metabolic associations in chronic inflammatory disease, vascular effects of chemotherapeutic agents: molecular mechanisms and clinical implications, salt homeostasis in cardiovascular disease, the cardiovascular complications of chronic kidney disease and more. 

Available PhD Projects

PhD Project 1  

Investigating extracellular vesicle-mediated signalling in vascular and cardiac remodelling and hypertensive heart disease (Nicklin, Delles and Loughrey

PhD Project 2

The NAD kinase HSP20 complex (Baillie)

PhD Project 3

The effects of dapagliflozin compared with placebo on left ventricular remodelling in patients with asymptomatic left ventricular systolic dysfunction after myocardial infarction: a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, cardiac-MR based trial (McMurray, Docherty, Jhund, Petrie)

PhD Project 4

Genetics of NOX4/5 DNA variation and cardiovascular function and disease (Touyz and Padmanabhan)

PhD Project 5

Microvascular remodelling in the heart: role of endothelial-mesenchymal transition (Berry, Loughrey, Touyz, Nicklin)

PhD Project 6

Low calorie diets as a treatment for microvascular angina and /or heart failure: Pilot studies to test safety, feasibility and potential efficacy prior to progression to large-scale trials (Sattar with Berry, Petrie, McMurray, Gill and Lean)

PhD Project 7

Immune memory and recurrent hypertension: Translational studies in women who had hypertension in pregnancy (Delles and Guzik)

PhD Project 8

Utilising repeated measures data to personalise prognosis in heart failure (Jhund)