Bench to Bedside


Cardiovascular disease is projected to remain the single leading cause of death over the next two decades, accountable for considerable disability and reduction in the quality of life, therefore research is vital to advance its diagnosis, treatment and prevention.  

The Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences (ICAMS) is a successful and vibrant research institute with outstanding training and learning opportunities. Our purpose-built British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cardiovascular Research Centre houses state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities and we are one of only six BHF Centres of Excellence in the UK. Our research strengths have been integrated into substantial, well-resourced thematic programmes that build on the strengths of individual, clinical and non-clinical principal investigators. Working in basic, translational and clinical research, our strength is in elucidating mechanisms of cardiovascular disease, identifying biomarkers of disease, identifying therapeutic targets and developing and designing novel therapeutic strategies that will lead to clinical trials.

Study and Training 

PhD programmes in the Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences (ICAMS) last 3 to 4 years, with individual research projects tailored around the expertise of principal investigators within the institute. Basic and clinical projects are available for study. A variety of approaches are used, including molecular biology, biochemistry, epidemiology, mathematical modelling, bioinformatics, genetics, cell biology (including advanced in vitro and in vivo imaging), immunology and polyomics (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics etc).

The BHF CoRE Glasgow  runs 2 fully funded training programmes. We offer a PhD in Vascular Biomedicine for clinicians (3-year PhD) and we run the Clinical Observership Programme in Vascular Medicine for basic scientists (5 week clinical rotation/obersverhip for post-doctoral fellows). 

At the moment we have excellent Clinical Research fellows undertaking a wide variety of projects examining different aspects of Vascular Science and Medicine. 

Our Research themes include 

Our Facilities 

Our laboratories are well resourced and we offer a wide range of cutting-edge research facilities, including CoRe Facilities and Innovative Platforms 

  • optical imaging
  • electrophysiology
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • spectroscopy
  • cell biology
  • high throughput genotyping
  • phenotyping
  • clinical trials
  • a wide range of cellular, molecular and biochemical analysis tools

Bench to Bedside 

Our excellent facilities underpin a bench to bedside approach that will equip you with research specific and generic training and skills complementary to a wide range of career options. We can tailor your study pathway to the precise aspects of cardiovascular research that suit your objectives.

You will emerge equipped with the skills necessary for a career in the highly competitive field of cardiovascular science and medicine. Future career opportunities include basic and clinical cardiovascular research in academia or industry, education, NHS, clinical biochemistry, public health bodies, media and publishing, funding agencies and scientific charities.