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We are a research-intensive institute in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life science at the University of Glasgow.

About us

Message from the Director

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Welcome to the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences!

We are a Research Institute that focusses on cardiac, vascular and metabolic diseases and are proud to host world-leading basic and clinical scientists in these areas. We conduct translational research from discovery to clinical trials, to understand underpinning disease mechanisms, in order to improve the health of our patients and the wider population. Interdisciplinary research is one of the hallmarks of ICAMS, and our research therefore includes renal diseases, stroke, hypertension and cross-cutting themes such as cardio-oncology. Our Institute coordinates some of the most successful postgraduate teaching and research programmes within the College and is the home of MSc, MD and PhD students in basic, translational  and clinical sciences.

I am honoured to act as Interim Director of the Institute, build on its solid foundations and lead it into an exciting future within a new structure of our College. We will continue to develop our assets including the BHF Centre of Research Excellence, our BHF 4-Year PhD Programme, our world-class research to address unmet societal needs and our clinical trials programme that defines guideline-based therapies in the most common cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. These are embedded in a culture of interdisciplinary research, mentorship and representation of all members of the Institute in decision-making.

Bring in your ideas as member of the Institute and consider ICAMS as your future home to study and work!

Christian Delles
Interim Director of the Institute

About our Institute

The Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences (ICAMS) is a Research intensive Institute that focusses on cardiac, vascular and metabolic diseases and are proud to host world-leading basic and clinical scientists in these areas.

Our Mission: To enhance human health by exploring causes and mechanisms of cardiovascular disease and advancing and implementing discoveries leading to improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

We are home to a British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence that focuses on vascular science and biomedicine.

BHF CoRE Glasgow: https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/icams/bhfcoeglasgow/ 

Research is the prime activity of the Institute and forms the central core around which all our other activities, including teaching, training, clinical care and public outreach take place.

ICAMS Research: https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/icams/research/ 

* ICAMS has on average 80 principal investigators annually focusing on research in three primary areas: Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic pathophysiology. Research is conducted in an integrated and translational manner addressing diseases such as heart failure, ischaemic heart disease, arrhythmias, hypertension, atherosclerosis, diabetes, stroke and renovascular disease.

* ICAMS is home to over 200 students and trainees and is committed to excellence in graduate and postgraduate teaching and to training the future leaders in cardiovascular science and biomedicine.

The BHF @ ICAMS

We are home to a British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence that focuses on vascular science and biomedicine. 

Find out more: Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) Glasgow

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The overall goals of our research are to advance knowledge regarding mechanisms of cardiovascular disease and to develop new approaches to diagnosis, prevention and therapy through a combination of discovery science, translational research, clinical and population studies.

CoRE Glasgow website: https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/icams/bhfcoeglasgow/ 

Find out more: Research Excellence and Accelerator Awards

The Research Excellence Awards, and Accelerator Awards, allow experts from diverse fields to come together to tackle the biggest questions in heart and circulatory disease research. From biologists to engineers, clinicians to mathematicians: the varied perspectives and knowledge foster innovative, high-quality thinking.

The BHF Centre of Excellence Award was initially awarded in 2014 and in 2019 we successfully secured a renewal of the award.

The renewal of BHF Research Excellence award allows us to move our cardiovascular research and training agendas in the University of Glasgow to higher levels by not only strengthening existing research programmes but also by developing and implementing innovative and ambitious initiatives.

Find out more: Research Excellence and Accelerator Award (BHF Website)