Heart research given £3m funding boost

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RESEARCHERS in the Capital have been given a £3m funding boost by the British Heart Foundation.

Edinburgh University is one of just six to receive the grant, which will pay for cutting edge research for the next five years at the Edinburgh BHF Centre of Research Excellence.

It is planned that the cash will allow Edinburgh scientists to get to the bottom of why heart disease happens, and discover brand new ways to monitor heart conditions with sophisticated imaging techniques.

Investigating how to repair damaged hearts using cutting-edge stem cell treatments will be possible thanks to the new funding.

Centre director John Mullins said: “The award will support the next generation of young researchers and enable them to make key discoveries in the fight against heart and cardiovascular disease.”