Providing excellence in research, education and patient care
Internationally renowned for pioneering, multi-disciplinary research, the Thrombosis Research Institutes are dedicated to the study of thrombosis and related disorders.
Two research establishments in London and Bangalore are united by their shared mission: To provide excellence in thrombosis research, education and patient care and to develop new strategies to prevent and treat thrombosis, thereby reducing healthcare costs and saving millions of lives.
The Thrombosis Research Institute, London, UK (registered charity number 800365) was established in 1989, with the backing of the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, specifically to conduct research into cardiovascular disease (of the heart and blood vessels), a major cause of death and disability throughout the world.
This was followed in 2006, with the founding of the Thrombosis Research Institute, Bangalore, India (registered charity number BNG (U) ANKL S.R/D. No. 117/03-04). Officially opened and dedicated to the Nation by the then President of India, His Excellency Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, this second facility has been set up to study the genetics of heart disease particularly among the South Asian population, who seem to have specific predisposing genetic characteristics and to develop novel and affordable therapies for disease prevention and treatment.
The two partner institutions contribute to a joint, independent research programme under the direction of our two Boards of Trustees in London and Bangalore.
Thrombosis is the number one killer in both the developed and developing world. Thromboses, or blood clots, form inside a blood vessel, blocking the whole of a vein or artery and frequently prove fatal. A blood clot in an artery of the heart, such as the coronary artery, is known as a heart attack and a blood clot in the brain is known as a stroke. A pulmonary embolism forms when part of a clot has lodged in a lung artery.
Thromboses are responsible for:
- 95% of fatal heart attacks
- 92% of fatal strokes
- all fatal pulmonary emboli