This continually evolving Center fosters multidisciplinary approaches in basic cardiovascular sciences, that together directly address current problems in heart disease, and enables translational research that applies this basic knowledge into clinical research protocols and novel treatment strategies for patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases. The scientific focus of the CCVR is internationally recognized as a center of excellence in cardiovascular research.

Center status was granted to the CCVR in 2005 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois in order to appropriately define the research focus, lend stature to our interdisciplinary activities, and provide an identity for attracting extramural funding from philanthropy and from private and public agencies that support research. In 2010, the CCVR was granted permanent status by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. In that time the Center has developed a formalized core for cardiovascular physiology preparations and analysis through the UIC Research Resources Core, and has shown tremendous growth in new areas of research involving multiple departments, including Medicine, Physiology, Pharmacology, and Bioengineering.