Wales Heart Research Institute (WHRI)

WHRI is based in the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences and includes cardiovascular research from within Cardiff University and the University Hospital Wales.

We have laboratory-based and clinical research scientists working together as interdisciplinary teams tackling important cardiovascular problems including vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis, heart failure and sudden cardiac death.

Professor Alan Williams is the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Sir Thomas Lewis Professor of Cardiovascular Science, he and a leading international team of researchers investigate the working of a giant protein (the calcium-release channel) which controls cardiac muscle contraction and regulates the heartbeat. Defects in this protein have been recognised as an underlying cause of arrhythmia, irregular heart rhythms which can sometimes cause sudden death, a heart condition that devastate families every year.

The BHF is also instrumental in funding a large programme on lipid and coagulation research, led by Professors Valerie O’Donnell and Peter Collins. They have discovered many new lipid signaling molecules that regulate vascular inflammation and thrombosis. Additional BHF-funded research includes studies on the complement system and atherosclerosis.

Sir Thomas Lewis Professor of Cardiovascular Science

Professor Alan Williams


+44 29207 44430

Academic staff

Peter Collins

Professor Peter Collins

Professor of Haematology

+44 (0)29 20744144
Valerie O'Donnell

Professor Valerie O'Donnell

Co-Director of Systems Immunity Research Institute

+44 (0)29 2068 7313

You can support us in our research by making a donation.

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Alternatively you can send a cheque to the below address. Please make it payable to 'Cardiff University' and declare the donation is for 'Cardiovascular Research'.

Professor Valerie O'Donnell
Tenovus Building
Cardiff University School of Medicine
Heath Park
CF14 4XN