Behind-the-scenes @ Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine

Wednesday 26th March 2014 @ 18:15

Professor Michael Schneider, Director of the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence

This high-tech six-storey building housing the Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine is new-built on Imperial's Hammersmith Campus and  combines up-to-the minute laboratory space for up to 450 scientists with a dedicated facility for evaluating and developing new medical treatments through clinical trials and thus translating them into viable treatments for patients.

The Centre was built with support from the British Heart Foundation, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, the Medical Research Council and the Welcome Trust and marks the largest-ever investment in research facilities.

The timetable for this Behind-the-scenes is as follows:

  • 18.00 – 18.15 Members arrival 1st floor atrium, Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine. The location is no.8 on this map.
  • 18.30 –19.55 Member tours of labs with presentations in each by the researchers.  Section leaders include Professor Schneider, Dorian Haskard, Alex Lyon, Dr Cesare Terracciano and Martyna Adamowicz-Brice.  
  • 20.00-20.45  Refreshments and a chance to continue the conversations with our hosts, 1st floor atrium.

The leaders for the different groups include:

Michael Schneider  - Professor Schneider is the British Heart Foundation Simon Marks Professor of Regenerative Cardiology and Director of Imperial's BHF Centre of Research Excellence (2008-2019).

Professor Schneider heads the Cardiac Myogenesis, Death and Regeneration research group.

Professor Schneider was educated at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and Duke, followed by research training at the National Institute of Health under Nobel Laureate Marshall Nirenberg. In 1984, he was appointed to the nascent program in cardiac molecular biology at Baylor College of Medicine, ultimately becoming Professor of Medicine, Molecular & Cellular Biology, and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Development, and inaugural recipient of the M. D. Anderson Foundation Chair. His trainees number more than 60, and have been recognized by young investigator competitions and professorships world-wide.

Dorian Haskard - Dorian Haskard is the British Heart Foundation Sir John McMichael Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Head of the Vascular Sciences Section within the National Heart and Lung Institute.

The goal of Professor Haskard's research has been to achieve a greater understanding of the pathophysiology of inflammatory responses affecting the vascular system, with a view eventually to achieving more specific clinical diagnostic tests and therapies.

As part of Dorian Haskard’s group - Anna Randi and Graeme Birdsey will present on angiogenesis models;  Ramzi Khamis or Dorian Haskard on optical imaging of athero; Justin Mason and team on flow studies in vitro; and Rob Krams on flow and atherosclerosis in pig coronaries.

For Sian Harding’s group – Alex Lyon and Cesare Terracciano.
Alexander Lyon is a Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at Imperial College London and a Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He joined the Cardiac Medicine research group of Professor Sian Harding and Professor Philip Poole-Wilson, where he studied the influence of cardiac gene therapy upon ventricular arrhythmia generation. He was awarded a MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship in 2005.

Dr Cesare Terracciano is Reader in Cardiac Electrophysiology and the head of the Laboratory of Cellular Electrophysiology - Dr Terracciano's main interest is the elecrophysiology of heart failure and the consequences of treatment on the contractile and electrical properties of the heart. His research fosuses in particular on the mechanisms of myocardial regeneration following mechanical devices or stem and gene therapy, and the cellular and molecular mechanisms of arrhythmias.

For Tim Aitman’s groupMartyna Adamowicz-Brice will be presenting the genomics lab.


Venue: Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine, Imperial's Hammersmith Campus