William Harvey Research Institute

Sir John Vane founded the William Harvey Research Institute at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College in 1986. The institute was named after William Harvey because his discovery of blood circulation was achieved while working at St Bartholomew's Hospital.

Initial financial support was from Glaxo. Sir David Jack, former Head of Research at Glaxo, was the first Chairman of Trustees (1995-2000) of the William Harvey Research Foundation. Subsequently, pharmaceutical companies from Europe (Astra, Lipha, Servier), USA (Parke-Davis, United Therapeutics) and Japan (Ono) have funded major research programmes.

Sir John Vane and his fellow research directors (Professors Erik Änggård, Gustav Born, Rod Flower, Iain MacIntyre, David Tomlinson and Derek Willoughby), together with a team of enthusiastic young scientists and PhD students, rapidly established the William Harvey Research Institute as a centre of excellence for research into the mechanisms of vascular disease and inflammation.

The William Harvey Research Institute is World-renowned for being in the forefront of its field. Sir John Vane was one of the most highly cited scientists of his day. Professors Chris Thiemermann and Tim Warner, who were PhD students in the early days of the William Harvey Research Institute, have continued this tradition as they are now both in the top one hundred most highly cited pharmacologists worldwide. This shows that their work at the William Harvey Research Institute has been at the cutting edge of their fields.

In 2000 the William Harvey Research Institute became fully integrated into Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. It now has more than 200 researchers and is one of the leading centres in the United Kingdom for research into vascular and heart disease, inflammatory conditions and endocrine disorders.

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