International Graduate Programme in Cardiovascular Science

This work has been supported by the European Community’s Sixth Framework Programme under grant agreement LSHM-CT-2005-01883 EUGeneHeart.

The International Graduate Programme in Cardiovascular Science trains excellent young researchers in translational cardiovascular medicine with the goal to elucidate mechanisms that underlie cardiovascular diseases and to transfer these findings from bench to bedside.

Students are co-supervised by PIs at the King's College London BHF Centre and the Heart Research Centre Göttingen. All supervisors have a strong track record of publications, grant income and successful supervision. The students are located predominantly in London or Göttingen and have the opportunity to work in the respective collaborating partner laboratory for up to 1 year. Both partner institutions have excellent infrastructure and facilities, as well as strong collaborations with each other.

The King's College London British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centre of Research Excellence offers an outstanding environment for cardiovascular research training. It includes a large number of internationally rated investigators whose expertise encompasses a very broad range of cardiac and vascular biomedicine. The unit performed exceedingly well in the recent RAE, being the only institution to be in the top 3 both on average quality score and research power.

The Heart Research Centre Göttingen offers excellent research possibilities in translational cardiovascular medicine in a stimulating environment. The Heart Research Centre Göttingen combines collaborative networks with local non-University research institutions such as the Max-Planck institutes. Scientists at the Heart Research Centre coordinate major preclinical and clinical European networks, which focus on unravelling the molecular mechanisms of heart failure and translate the newly gained knowledge into the clinic.