15th November, 2022 – Professor Derek Yellon and Professor Sean Davidson listed on Highly Cited Researcher Report by Web of Science for 2022

For the third consecutive year, Professor Derek Yellon has again been named in the annual Web of Science report of highly cited researchers from across the world. We are proud to announce Professor Sean Davidson has also been added for the first time in this year’s rankings.

The 2022 annual report identifies fewer than 7,000 of the world’s most influential researchers, whose highly cited papers rank in the top 1% by citations for a field or fields and publication year in the Web of Science™.  Collated from 21 research fields and across multiple disciplines, the report highlights the top scientists in their disciplines globally.

This distinction represents exceptional research influence and commitment to ongoing excellence in the field of cardiovascular science by both Professor Yellon and Professor Davidson along with their team at The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute. This is reflected in multi-faceted research programmes not only in ischaemic heart disease, but also ischaemic stroke, cardio-toxicity following cancer therapy, cardio-renal syndrome and cardiometabolic disease.

Of the top 50 institutions in this list, University College London is  15th overall with a total of 50 of its scientists making the list. We are pleased that 2 of those 50 are credited to The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute. Harvard remained 1st with 233 individuals, Chinese Academy of Sciences at 2nd (228) and Stanford University 3rd (126).

The report and full list of 2022 recipients can be seen here:



1st November, 2022 – Dr Mira Katsur Awarded PhD

The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute is pleased to congratulate Mira Katsur on successfully passing her PhD viva. Dr Katsur was awarded a MRC PhD Studentship to specifically undertake her PhD under the supervision of Prof Davidson and Prof Yellon at The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute. Dr Katsur’s dissertation, entitled “Investigating the cardioprotective potential of exosomes from different cellular sources”, represents 3 years of dedication and hard work.

Dr Katsur has been a valuable member of our team and has contributed an impressive portfolio of research, notable skills and a team spirit, it has been a pleasure to have her work with our team.  Upon receiving her PhD, Dr Katsur is now moving to a new role applying the knowledge she gained to now working for a UK start-up biotech company in Cambridge. We wish her all the best and look forward to seeing all that she will accomplish in her future.


22nd September, 2022 – Dr Lucie Pearce Awarded AHA Travel Award

The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute is pleased to announce Dr Lucie Pearce, BHF Clinical Research Fellow at the HCI, has been selected by the American Heart Association Council to receive a 2022 Basic Cardiovascular Sciences International Travel Grant. This prestigious award recognises and supports the research efforts of early career investigators and trainees.

The Annual American Heart Association (AHA) Conference will be held 5th – 7th November in Chicago, USA. This meeting is a major event in the Cardiovascular calendar with many forums, lectures and research presentations, all with a focus on improving health by championing scientific discovery and practice-changing educational content.

At the meeting, Dr Pearce will be able to discuss her own research programme she is undertaking at the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute, but importantly also meet other clinical scientists to discuss and debate current challenges in cardiovascular research.

Many congratulations Dr Pearce, another great achievement.

30th August, 2022 – The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute Leads Discussions at the European Society of Cardiology Congress

Several members of The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute (HCI) recently attended the annual European Society of Cardiology congress held in Barcelona. This is the premier international conference on cardiology, with an attendance of approximately 25,000 researchers and clinicians in the cardiovascular field. Throughout the 4 day meeting, attendees addressed all areas of cardiovascular science, sharing vital new insights and knowledge. This meeting is key for the HCI team as it both allows us to showcase our own research across many areas of cardiovascular science but also introduces new ideas and collaborations for us to take forwards.

Shown below is a photo of Prof Sean Davidson leading a discussion about the importance of inter-cellular communication in cardiovascular health and disease.




23rd August 2022– 12th Biennial Hatter Cardiovascular Institute International Workshop on Cardioprotection Publishes Report

Every two years The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute leads an international workshop in which a select group of the world’s leading basic and clinical scientists are invited to discuss and debate the future direction of cardioprotection in the setting of ischaemia-reperfusion injury  Originally scheduled for April 2020 but postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 12th Biennial Workshop was recently held in South Africa. The full report has now been published in the journal Basic Research in Cardiology and can be read here

The workshop discussed how Remote Ischaemia Conditioning onditioning has led to a significant and fundamental understanding of the mechanisms preventing cell death following ischaemia and reperfusion, and the key target cyto-protective pathways utilised by protective interventions, such as both RIC as well as other pharmacological therapies.

Discussion points included how to adapt positive preclinical animal studies to mirror that of th patient presenting with an acute myocardial infarction, as well as how to refine patient selection in clinical studies to account for co-morbidities and ongoing therapy. The workshop also discussed the potential for RIC in other disease settings including ischaemic stroke, cardio-oncology and COVID-19.

While recognising RIC is a powerful cytoprotective intervention in experimental models, challenges remain including definition of the whole RIC cytoprotective signalling arc and understanding how co-morbidities and concomitant medical therapies may interfere with RIC signalling and the downstream cytoprotective signalling in the organ itself. Such fundamental questions will guide continued research for the HCI in these areas as we seek to unravel the enigma of RIC.


19th August 2022– Dr Maryna Basalay Recipient of Two New Research Grants

The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute is pleased to announce Dr Maryna Basalay, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, has been awarded two research grants to continue her work in ischaemic stroke.

Dr Basalay was successful in securing a J Moulton grant for stroke from the British Medical Association (BMA). This prestigious grant is sponsored by the Jon Moulton Charitable Trust and is open to research scientists across the UK to undertake a specific project related to stroke research.  Dr Basalay’s 3 year grant aims to investigate the importance of inflammation in ischaemia-reperfusion injury in the brain during stroke. Further, she will ascertain whether agents that target both the inflammasome and cell death pathway can provide protection to the brain during the reperfusion procedure. This will be invaluable information for researchers working in the field of neuroprotection and stroke and for translation to improved patient care. The announcement from the BMA can be seen here.

Secondly, against strong competition and judged by a panel of her peers, Dr Basalay has also awarded a CRDC Fast Track Grant from the most recent call.   Her project entitled ‘SGLT1 & SGLT2 inhibition – their potential roles in protecting the heart’ will investigate the cardioprotective effect of sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SLGT2) inhibitors and how they can provide benefit in the setting of a heart attack.  Further, she will test her hypothesis that SGLT1 mediates damage to the heart by elevated high blood glucose, as is often seen in the setting of an acute MI , As such , SGLT1 inhibitors should alleviate damage to the heart in these patients using selective SGLT1 inhibitors. Collectively, understanding these mechanisms of both SGLT2 and SGLT1, scientists and clinician can improve patient outcomes from heart attack.

We look forward to seeing the outcomes of these interesting and important areas of research, many congratulations Dr Basalay.


16th August, 2022 – Dr Lucie Pearce Fundraising for CRY

Dr Lucie Pearce, BHF Clinical Research Fellow at the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute, has begun a campaign fundraising for the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young). At the core of the fundraising is sponsorship for the London Marathon, taking place on 2nd October, a daunting 26.2 miles.

In an aim to raise even further funds, Dr Pearce hosted a charity bake sale last week appealing to the sweet cravings of staff and students here at the HCI. Lola’s Cupcakes kindly donated cupcakes to sell along with more goodies provided by our own team. The event was a success and Dr Pearce was able to raise an impressive £221.75.

CRY is a charity which focuses on preventing young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, and supporting affected families. Further information on their valuable work can be found here.

Well done Dr Pearce and good luck at the marathon!

15th August 2022–The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute iBSc Students Awarded 1st Class Marks

The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute is proud to announce 2 of our recent iBSc students have been awarded First Class distinction for their dissertations for research projects they undertook within our laboratory.

Sumayyah Tahsin and Josh Daniel recently completed their rotation at the HCI and over that time became well integrated into the laboratory team. We congratulate not only Sumayyah and Josh, but also the HCI team, particularly Mira Katsur and Handi Salim, who helped to support and supervise their research projects.

Sumayyah was further awarded the faculty medal and prize for 2021/22, a great achievement.

Congratulations Samayyah and Josh, the HCI team wishes you the best of luck as you continue in your research careers.

June 20th, 2022 – Prof Derek Yellon Awarded British Cardiovascular Society Fellowship

As part of the centenary celebrations of the British Cardiovascular Society, a new Fellowship program has been launched to recognise individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the Society. Prof Derek Yellon is honoured to receive one of these inaugural Fellowships for his ongoing contributions to Cardiovascular research.

The Fellowship awards will be presented at the Annual General Meeting at the BCS Annual Conference in June 2022.  Congratulations Prof Yellon!

Information on the British Cardiovascular Society can be found here.

June 13th, 2022 – Dr Maryna Basalay Awarded CDRC Fast Track Grant

The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute congratulates Dr Maryna Basalay on being awarded a UCL CRDC Fast Track Grant in the recent call.  This was achieved against strong opposition and judged by a panel of peers.

Dr Basalay’s project ‘SGLT1 & SGLT2 inhibition – their potential roles in protecting the heart’ will investigate the hypothesis that the beneficial effects of SGLT2 inhibitors are mediated via the autonomic nervous system, representing a vital link connecting the heart with other organs, and thus providing important protection in the setting of ischaemia for both the heart and the brain.

The award of £37,199.09 will support Dr Basalay to continue her research in this emerging area of neuroprotection science over the next year with the aim of producing strong pilot data to enable a further application to an external funder for a larger, more strategic award.

The CRDC Fast Track scheme is a collaboration between the NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre and the UCLH Charity.

Many congratulations Maryna!