"The South Wales Echo had a big part to play in the funding of the Sir Geraint Evans WHRI building - with the Have a Heart Campaign, Echo readers had raised more than PS100,000 by 1997 and there were fundraising events large and small across the whole of Wales - and people were very clear, this was for a dedicated heart research building.
The AM added: "I do understand that Cardiff University cannot specialise in everything but as recently as 2014 some world-leading research emerged from the WHRI to help combat the causes of sudden cardiac arrest which is a particular killer in young people - and which nearly killed the footballer Fabrice Muamba on the pitch in 2012 live on TV."
The WHRI has been based in the Sir Geraint Evans building since 1999 thanks to a massive public fundraising effort by the famous opera singer Sir Geraint, who sadly died before its completion.
"In fact, the WHRI
was the first dedicated heart research building in Britain.
By bringing together large numbers of individuals working in related areas, spanning fundamental sciences to clinical investigation, the WHRI provides the ideal environment for cross-fertilisation of ideas and collaborative working.
From a personal perspective, the WHRI is also perfectly located next door to the country's largest teaching hospital, the University Hospital of Wales, where I also work as a consultant cardiologist.
We are working to develop a network of expert NHS clinicians and university researchers across the country with scientists from the WHRI and other Welsh research institutions at the heart of this process.
The new BHF Chair, Professor Alan Williams, formerly of Imperial College London, joins research collaborator Professor Tony Lai at the WHRI, bringing together world-class research teams in Cardiff and creating a unique partnership within the UK.
The WHRI is the primary cardiovascular research centre in Wales, housing teams undertaking clinical and non-clinical research.
BSc Hons, PhD Contact WHRI
, UWCM, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XN Tel 02920742338 Fax02920743500 LAMBERT, Captain Richard Edgar.