About us

  • The BHF Data Science Centre is a partnership between Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF), and sits within HDR UK.

    We work with a wide range of partners including patients, public, clinicians, researchers and NHS organisations to help them carry out research using health data into the causes, prevention and treatment of all diseases of the heart and circulation (such heart attacks, stroke and vascular dementia). We do this to ensure new advances in treatment and care for diseases of the heart and circulation get to the patient as quickly as possible.

    The centre started in January 2020 and has initial investment from the BHF for £10 million over the first five years.

    To find out more about the centre please see our BHF DSC brochure.

  • Create a centre of interdisciplinary expertise that provides national research capability in cardiovascular data science.


    Create strong and durable partnerships with the NHS, incorporating cardiovascular research expertise across the UK and acting as a UK-wide resource to support numerous future studies using electronic health records (EHRs) linked to a range of other multi-dimensional cardiovascular datasets.


    Engage with patients, the public and practitioners through partnership with the BHF and other bodies to deliver a transparent and publicly acceptable approach to the governance of health data research within the cardiovascular research domain.


    Create and foster international partnerships that enable the UK cardiovascular research community to engage with, contribute to and lead data-enabled cardiovascular research at international scale.

Our current activities

The current focus of the BHF Data Science Centre is on the response to COVID-19.

Contact us

Email: bhfdsc@hdruk.ac.uk