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Clinical care in cardiovascular medicine © Martin Phelps

Within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, many of our senior staff hold Honorary Consultant Contracts with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. These Consultants work in specialised areas of medicine including Cardiology, Cardiac Imaging and Clinical Genetics. They are actively involved in patient care, often leading specialist services such as the Inherited Heart Disease Service. In addition, they are active scientists and are therefore uniquely placed to undertake translational research, translating their laboratory research into the clinical setting. This is facilitated through the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), a partnership between the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford, which is funded by the NIHR.

Within CVM, we have three state of the art clinical facilities:

  • The Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility (CCRF), which provides a dedicated, staffed clinical research environment with particular expertise in echocardiography, vascular assessment and clinical physiology.
  • The Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research (OCMR), uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to study the heart, brain and other organs. In addition to a comprehensive research programme, they provide a specialist clinical service for cardiac MRI.
  • The Acute Multidisciplinary Imaging and Interventional Centre (AMIIC) provides world-leading clinical research in parallel with high-end clinical services. It aims is to deliver state-of-the-art multidisciplinary research by providing the research infrastructure linking interventional, non-invasive imaging (photon counting CT) and artificial intelligence/big data capabilities.

    At the same time, the centre supports education and clinical training as well as clinical care, by working together with the Oxford University Medical Sciences Division and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.