Previous research projects
The Institute of Cardiovascular Science researchers and collaborators work from several Research Centres on the extensive UCL campus. Find out more about the overall work taking place at these Centres.
2nd year BHF PhD student
In March 2012 together with a few other UCL BHF 4-year PhD students I organised an informal meeting for BHF 4yr PhDs from other UK Universities, hoping to create a network of BHF funded PhD students allowing us to learn about the wide range of cardiovascular research being undertaken at different institutions as well as providing support and input in to each other’s work. About 50 students attended. The afternoon was a great success with some very interesting talks, and posters as well as providing the opportunity for discussion.
We are hoping that this meeting will be the first of many.
3rd year BHF PhD student
I am currently in the third year of the BHF 4-Year programme at the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute at UCL. The Institute aims to take a translational approach to research by incorporating cellular-based models through to patient application. During my research project rotation at the Institute I developed an interest in the long-term effectiveness of cardio-protective interventions aimed at preserving the myocardium which I am now using for my PhD. The BHF 4-Year programme gave me the opportunity to explore my research interests through rotational projects and subsequently make a more informed selection of the group with which to undertake my main PhD research and define my personal research interests. In my experience, the 4-Year programme encourages a more considered and informed approach to initiating your PhD research.
2nd year BHF PhD student
I am a second year BHF student in genetic epidemiology, researching the genetic variants that influence the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The aspect of the programme that I found most exciting is the possibility to learn the different research approaches and innovative findings from traditionally separated fields, and I believe this greatly helps in understanding the best application of laboratory discoveries to clinical practice within the context of the ever-increasing amounts of heterogenous data generated in the biological fields. I am also very pleased about my work environment. The members of my group, and the analysts and researcher I work with, are knowledegable, enthusiastic about the research field and supportive of new ideas, and also fun to work with, which makes me confident of having invaluable support throughout my PhD experience.