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Founded in 2005, the Center serves to promote collaborative, multidisciplinary, and state-of-the-art research at UIC and affiliated institutions, and in so doing, realize the application of new discoveries for clinical utility and provide world-class training for the coming generations of basic and clinician-scientists.

The primary goals of the Center include: creating new knowledge that will transform understanding of cardiovascular science for application to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of heart and vascular diseases; providing basic and clinical science trainees with advanced educational experiences ranging from molecular to clinical levels; impacting the health and quality of life of residents of Chicago and Northern Illinois by enhancing the training of health care professionals in cardiovascular disease and in educational programs in conjunction with national efforts such as with the American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America; and providing a point of interaction between the University and its industrial partners.