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About us

The Institute started as the Harefield Transplant Trust in 1980 to fund and support the innovative transplant programme at Harefield Hospital.  The Transplant programme became the largest in the world and the Harefield Transplant Trust evolved into a base to support research into the causes, mechanisms and treatment of heart disease, as well as global medicine. The Harefield Research Foundation (now The Magdi Yacoub Institute) was formed in 2000. Overview here

The Magdi Yacoub Institute is situated in modern purpose-built laboratories at Harefield hospital with state of the art equipment to facilitate the full range of research. Creating an environment that bridges the gap between basic research and clinical practice to develop and deliver pioneering treatment and devices to combat cardiovascular disease. Since its inception, first as the Harefield Transplant Trust and now as The Magdi Yacoub Institute, the team led by Professor Yacoub have continued to make original contributions in basic science and translational research.

The Institute attracts scientist and clinicians from across the globe and support the development of young scientists by providing access to facilities and training for PhD students, undergraduates and work experience students alongside senior scientists, early career investigators.

We work closely with our research partners at the Aswan Heart Centre  with whom we have a number of joint projects and grants.  The UK and Egyptian teams work jointly on a number of collaborative projects.

The Magdi Yacoub Institute also has close ties with The National Heart & Lung Institute at Imperial College London and The Royal Brompton and Harefield Trust.