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Cardio researchers take heart with new cash windfall

PUBLISHED: 14:41 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:30 05 October 2010

HEART treatment and research in London's East End has been given a £5 million boost. The grant have been given to Barts and The London NHS Trust, which runs the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green, to create a biomedical research unit in cardiovascular disease

HEART treatment and research in London's East End has been given a £5 million boost.

The grant have been given to Barts and The London NHS Trust, which runs the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green, to create a biomedical research unit in cardiovascular disease at the nearby London School of Medicine.

Cash from the National Institute for Health Research is also paying for a team of cardiac imaging experts and a new CT scanner to diagnose heart disease.

Prof Mark Caulfield, professor of clinical pharmacology at the School of Medicine, said: "This grant will speed up advances in basic medical research from the scientist's bench to the patient's bedside and improve the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease."

The specialists will be carrying out research alongside the Heart Attack centre at the hospital which is the largest heart attack centre in the country.

Heart disease is a major priority for research at the East London centre, with heart disease causing one in three deaths in Britain.

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