Cardio Metabolic Research at Leeds

Research Impact and Innovation


With its strong record of research excellence, the Leeds MCRC aims to continue to enhance its position as an enterprising Research Intensive Centre on an increasingly competitive international stage.

Our current Impact and Innovation strategy sets out to implement world class research and training by undertaking novel challenges and maximizing research impact through cutting-edge fundamental research, pioneering innovation and technology developments in cardiovascular disease.

We will achieve this by:

  • Continuing to develop our research initiatives and increase funding opportunities
  • Building on existing activities and identifying strategic cross-disciplinary collaborations both nationally and internationally
  • Equipping our early career researchers with entrepreneurial and knowledge transfer skills for maximising their research impact that can make a positive contribution both to society and the economy

Showcase

 


Staff case studies

 

Dr Sikha Saha

Dr Sikha Saha
MCRC Director of Impact and Innovation
Innovative ideas of novel in vitro organ flow system and also developing biophotonic sensor technologies for non-invasive or minimally invasive detection of biomarkers in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.  Read more
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Dr Helen Berry

Dr Helen Berry
University Academic Fellow in Cardiovascular Regenerative Therapies and Devices
Development of terminal sterilisation strategies for acellular biological scaffolds leading to improved graft safety, availability, and cost effectiveness.  Read more
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Dr Andrew Smith

Dr Andrew Smith
Cardiovascular and Exercise Physiology Group
My research is improving our understanding of CSCs' biology. This may allow exploitation of the eCSCs’ abilities to repair heart tissue.  Read more
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Dr Steven Sourbron

Dr Steven Sourbron
Lecturer in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Division of Biomedical Imaging
I have developed an MRI method to measure single kidney function which can be integrated in routine MRI scans and can replace two separate nuclear medicine examinations.  Read more
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Professor Chris Peers

Professor Chris Peers
Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research
Our studies on the regulation of ion channels by gasotransmitters have important implications for future treatment strategies in the fight against vascular diseases and also cardiac arrhythmias.  Read more
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Dr Ramzi Ajjan

Ramzi Ajjan (FRCP, MMed.Sci, PhD)
Associate Professor and Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology
The large programme of work designed to improve glycaemic control in patients with diabetes will help to reduce various vascular complications in this population.  Read more
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Dr Richard Foster

Dr Richard Foster
Medicinal Chemistry Group Leader
With collaborators at Leeds and elsewhere we are working on development of new treatments for a range of cardiovascular indications, including hypertension, thrombosis and heart failure.  Read more
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Dr Richard Cubbon

Dr Richard Cubbon
Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist
Using human and preclinical studies, we have identified dysfunction of important growth factor signalling pathways in insulin resistant (pre-diabetic) blood vessels, which limit new blood vessel growth and repair of injured vessels.  Read more
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Dr Helen Philippou

Dr Helen Philippou
Associate Professor
Understanding mechanisms of thrombosis and development of novel safer antithrombotic therapeutics.
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Dr Harry Tsoumpas

Dr Harry Tsoumpas
Lead for Enterprise & Innovation
Dr Charalampos (Harry) Tsoumpas has studied and worked in the field of medical imaging and tomography since 2002.  Read more
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Further examples of impact

 

Yorkshire Children's heart surgery unit's future is secure (Yorkshire Evening Post, 08/07/16) After years of controversy, the future of the service at Leeds General Infirmary finally has been secured. NHS bosses have confirmed it will be one of 10 hospitals nationally continuing to provide congenital heart surgery. More information

Vitamin D3 improves heart function A daily dose of vitamin D3 improves heart function in people with chronic heart failure, a five-year University of Leeds research project has found. More information

A fighting chance Life saving stents for heart attacks. More information


Information for Researchers

The University website has an Impact Resources section, which contains links and descriptions for a variety of different resources to support research impact.  Ged Hall (Organisational Development and Professional Learning) can also be contacted if you have any questions, require support, or would like to explore how to develop impact in your area.

Slides from Dr Ged Hall's presentation on 'Writing credible impact sections of grant application' are now available to download.

Further examples of Pathways to Impact can also be found on the Fast Track Impact website.

Contact us

If you wish to contribute a profile or add information, please contact cardiovascular@leeds.ac.uk.

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What's Happening

20 November 2017: tbc ... more

22 November 2017: LICAMM Seminar: Undergraduate training for cardiac physiologists and future plans for postgraduate pathways ... more

24 November 2017: CRISP Lecture: Qualitatively-different mitochondrial fusion in POMC neurons divergently regulates energy metabolism ... more

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