Clinical Research Updates

The Research network comprises BHS members from all over the UK and Ireland who are actively involved in research.  The network aims to stimulate, promote and facilitate collaborative research projects in hypertension and related topics.


The network provides a number of functions designed to facilitate different aspects or stages of research project development:

 Developing studies service

  • Where BHS experienced researchers assist in developing ideas for other BHS members. BHS would issue certificates of recognition to those researchers helping with this rather like CME certificates. It is the intention that investigators could cite the BHS CRNWP as 'peer review' of their project.

 Endorsing studies

  • The Working Party will recommend to the BHS Executive studies that it judges meet the aims and objectives of the BHS. Such endorsement will be independent of direct involvement of the BHS in the conduct of these studies.

 Adopting studies

  • Adopted studies are those that the working party endorses but that at least one BHS centre/ member participates in delivery.

 BHS Network Studies

  • Studies that are recommended as high priority and that the BHS actively assists to recruit a network of BHS investigators to deliver.

 Current Activities:

  • The PATHWAY project, funded by the British Heart Foundation, and undertaken by BHS members in several centres around the country, is now complete. The results of the three PATHWAY studies were presented at the BHS Annual Scientific Meeting on Wednesday 23 September 2015.  PATHWAYS 2 and 3 were also presented at the 2015 ESC meeting. PATHWAY 2 was published in The Lancet on Monday 21 September and PATHWAY 3 was published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology on Friday 16 October. See side tab for details of each study
  • The online TIME project is also underway.  See side tab for details
  • Collaboration with the MRC to develop research into CVD in middle and low-income countries
  • Various research projects for which grant applications have been submitted

  New Proposals 

   Research Proposals are invited for Working Party consideration who will in turn recommend suitable studies to the Executive Committee for BHS support.  Proposals may be sent using the BHS proforma or your own format to the Working Party c/o Jackie Howarth on