The clinical trial of a wireless in-heart microcomputer has launched in London at Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. The device, called V-LAP, is the first of its kind and is implanted in the heart’s left atrium, which will give the earliest, most accurate data of the heart’s performance. The sensor does not have […]
AwardEventInnovationPartnershipTraining Researchers showcase projects to tackle major health problems
The Imperial 4i Clinician Scientist Training Scheme Celebration event took place in December 2019 at Imperial’s South Kensington Campus. Fellows on the programme presented a range of research projects including work in cardiology, rheumatology, infectious diseases and microbiology to an audience of senior academics and clinicians at Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS […]
DiagnosticPartnership Deeper understanding of irregular heartbeat may lead to more effective treatment
Researchers at Imperial have shown how the chaotic electrical signals underlying irregular heart rhythms lead to the failure of standard treatments. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate. It is the most common heart rhythm abnormality and is estimated that it will affect about 2% […]
Infectious diseases are a significant problem in the UK. To improve healthcare for patients with infectious diseases, we need to improve our tests to diagnose specific problems and make better predictions about how individual patients may be affected. The Bioresource for Adult Infectious Diseases (BioAID) is an NIHR supported collaborative project that aims to collect […]
DiagnosticInnovationPartnership Small rise in heart attack protein linked to increased risk of early death
An analysis of heart data from over 250,000 patients has shown that even a small increase in a protein linked to heart attacks is associated with an increased risk of death. Troponins are a group of proteins that help regulate the contractions of the heart and skeletal muscle. The heart releases troponin into the bloodstream […]
A new MRI tool has been developed that can identify cases of ovarian cancer which are difficult to diagnose using standard methods. The tool is based on a 5-point scoring system of MRIs and has produced encouraging results that may help to identify the most appropriate treatment options. Its impact on the management and outcomes […]
Harnessing world-leading discovery science and clinical expertise to develop innovative therapeutics, devices and diagnostics for healthcare
Examples of research projects testing out new drugs, devices and diagnostics in humans for the first time. The BRC is specifically aimed at supporting these kinds of experimental medicine studies.
The NIHR Imperial BRC has developed a range of innovative device technologies, in collaboration with scientists in our Faculties of Natural Sciences and Engineering. Some of the most recent are highlighted here.
The NIHR Imperial BRC has a strong, successful track record of collaborating with life sciences and other related industries, academic institutions, charities and research organisations. Most recent examples can be found here.