We welcome you to the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI). Our mission is to establish a multidisciplinary center of excellence to promote accelerated translation of basic scientific advances between the bench and bedside with the goal of developing innovative therapies and diagnostic approaches to identify, prevent, and treat cardiovascular diseases. The CVRI will integrate the strong clinical cardiology programs and basic and translational research programs within the institution while building new areas of basic and translational investigation into cardiovascular diseases.
CVRI members hail from a variety of scientific backgrounds and apply diverse approaches to identify and address the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease processes, such as atherosclerosis, arrhythmias, heart failure, valvular disorders, and the ravages of hypertension and obesity on the heart. We use computational, molecular, cellular, and animal models as well as investigation of human disease with patient samples.
Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the developed world despite the rapid advances of the past quarter century. With the aging of the world's population, we will be burdened with a growing incidence of many cardiovascular diseases prevalent in the elderly, such as atrial fibrillation, heart failure, and calcific aortic stenosis. Moreover, the rising epidemic of obesity will continue to present and increased burden of cardiovascular disease.
We aim to be at the forefront to address and conquer these challenges.