Professor Dudley Pennell, director of the cardiovascular BRU, who is professor of cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London and consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital, said: “The BRU has five key pieces of equipment, each working to help us tap into a rich vein of genetic and cardiac research into many life-threatening and debilitating conditions.”
Much of the BRU’s research focuses on heart regeneration, finding better ways to care for patients and improving the heart health of future generations. Research centres around new heart treatments using genes, imaging techniques, stem cells, tissue engineering and devices.
The BRU’s state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities include the latest Siemens 3T SKYRA MRI scanner with increased speed and image quality for examining the structure and function of the heart and circulation system, and a biobank, which stores human tissues and fluids together with clinical data for the purposes of advancing cardiovascular translational research. The biobank already has 1,000 profiles banked.