University of Leicester BHF Research Accelerator for Precision Medicine


We will be communicating about the research we’re doing in several formats, including symposia, seminars and public engagement.

Accelerator Award Symposium

The Accelerator Award will host an annual Symposium, to be co-ordinated by our Early Career Researchers, that showcase our research and provide networking opportunities that foster interdisciplinary research. The symposium will include Invited Lectures, funded by the Award. 


The 2021 Symposium was co-ordinated by Dr Alastair Moss and Dr Suraj Pathak.  This was held as a virtual event on 13 October with guest speakers

  • Dr Michelle Williams, BHF Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor David Newby, BHF Duke of Edinburgh Chair of Cardiology, University of Edinburgh.


The 2022 Symposium was co-ordinated by Dr Matthew Graham-Brown and Dr Tom Chad.  This was held as a virtual event on Wednesday 12 October with excellent contributions from researchers alongside our 3 guest speakers.

  • Professor Gudrun Kunst, Consultant Anaesthetist and Honorary Professor of Cardiovascular Anaesthesia, Kings College London
  • Dr Davor Pavlovic, Associate Professor in Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Sunil Bhandari, Consultant Nephrologist and Honorary Professor, Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.


Theme: Future Directions in Cardiovascular Research

The 2023 symposium was co-ordinated by our Early Career Researchers, Dr Liam Musto and Dr Charles Solomon and was held on Wednesday 11 October at College Court, Leicester.  The programme benefited not only from ECRs from University of Leicester but featured both National and International guest speakers.

  • Professor Alistair Royse, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Professor Eylem Levelt, University of Leeds
  • Dr Fu Siong Ng, Imperial College London
  • Dr Ignacio Fernando Hall, University of Edinburgh 

Accelerator Cohort seminars

The Accelerator Cohort, in collaboration with the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies organise monthly seminars to showcase ongoing research projects and to promote interdisciplinary collaborations. These will be integrated where possible with other Early Career Fellowship initiatives including the Wellcome ISSF and the MRC IMPACT fund.

The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies

The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) works across all the research institutes to enable cross-cutting research by pump priming interdisciplinary projects and teams, bringing outstanding academics to Leicester for research collaborations through visiting fellowships, providing workspaces for training and workshops, and the development of networks and strategic partnerships with Industry.

Public engagement

Participation in public engagement activities is encouraged for all recipients of Accelerator Award support and can be facilitated through the Accelerators PPI Group. For further information please contact Mrs Sue Page on

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