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On Sunday 19th June, the Ludwig Oxford team took on the London to Brighton cycle challenge to help raise more than £2.8 million for the British Heart Foundation.

The 2022 London to Brighton Bike Ride will mark the 45th anniversary of the event, returning after a two-year hiatus due to restrictions put in place for large-scale events because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The BHF achieved its aim to raise more than £2.8 million to help fund lifesaving research projects, including finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat heart and circulatory diseases, which kill one person every three minutes in the UK.

Earlier this year, Associate Professor Sarah De Val’s research project was selected by the BHF as one of the cutting-edge research projects into regenerative medicine that will receive funding from the 2022 TCS London Marathon. The De Val Group’s goal is to build a comprehensive picture of how different molecules work together in the heart to activate either blood or lymphatic vessel growth.  This could help to build a better picture of how different cells work together in the heart and lead to new treatments that supports recovery after a heart attack and reduces the damage they cause to the heart muscle.

Sarah and her colleagues joined around 14,000 other cyclists of all abilities for the Bike Ride on Sunday 19th June. Participants cycled the 54-mile route starting at Clapham Common, before riding through the beautiful Surrey and Sussex countryside and crossing the finishing line on Brighton’s famous seafront.

To support the team and donate to the British Heart Foundation, visit the Teams' pages on JustGiving:

Sarah's BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride Sponsorship page

Helena, Svanhild and Helena's page: "Advocating for better cardiovascular health".


See the Institute of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine website for the full story