BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre


Welcome to the BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre (BHF GCRC).

The aim of the Centre, which opened in 2006, is to consolidate internationally recognised cardiovascular research groups and to provide a multidisciplinary research environment. The Centre which is part of the Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences encompasses:

  • state-of-the-art clinical research facilities
  • physiology and electrophysiology laboratories
  • well equipped molecular laboratories with facilities for human and experimental genetics
  • genomics and proteomics including high throughput SNP genotyping, gene expression profiling, vascular gene transfer/therapy and many other modern molecular technologies.

The BHF Centre has been designed with a translational research agenda in mind and our well equipped clinical research facility, incorporating 3T MRI equipment, has become our biggest asset in attracting clinical academics to cardiovascular research.  This in turn has increasingly been facilitating and supporting the provision of excellent clinical service in the West of Scotland.  Moreover, working closely with NHS colleagues, we have developed The Glasgow Heart and Lung Institute, which ensures a seamless continuity of research effort from basic research and non-invasive clinical investigations at Gilmorehill to a full research capability in all aspects of interventional cardiology at Clydebank.

The completion of the BHF GCRC along with its link to the Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre and Wolfson Medical School completes the University of Glasgow's triangle of excellence and contributes to ensuring the future strategic competitiveness of University of Glasgow as an international centre of excellence.

At present there are twelve group leaders with approximately 150 research and technical staff in total.   Professor Rhian Touyz is the Director of the Centre and manages the Centre with help and support of the Management Group including all Principal Investigators.