The CCVR brings together internationally recognized cardiovascular scientists who combine their efforts and resources to establish a center of excellence in research.

The Priority of the CCVR is to provide a campus-wide platform for networking faculty and trainees with common interests in the cardiovascular sciences. Our monthly Colloquium in Cardiovascular Sciences, and yearly Research Day Symposium serve to meet this interdepartmental platform. It is through this network that collaborative efforts have emerged and succeeded at UIC. We offer a vibrant environment important for recruitment and retention of faculty. As a center, we are also uniquely positioned to pursue joint fund raising opportunities among participating clinical and basic science department in conjunction with our UIC development officers.

Models of Heart Disease & Animal Physiology Measures

Through our partnership with the RRC, we are now able to support of our faculty research by providing several core services for monitoring animal physiology. This adds to our growing number of animal models of heart disease now available to both interdepartmental CCVR members and nonmembers. The Center is also a pivotal element in developing and sustaining our mouse phenotyping core. These services and models provide a powerful scientific base in support of our junior faculty capabilities, professional competitiveness, and career advancement.

Important to the mission of our Center is the education of our students. Indeed, no one department has the pool size of students and faculty necessary to support the cardiovascular coursework needed to train our leaders for tomorrow. Currently the CCVR offers four course electives with lectures in heart pathophysiology, clinical studies, muscle contraction, disease treatment strategies, and experimental & clinical methods. Lectures are provided by faculty from the CCVR that include clinicians to enhance interaction with clinical departments. Completion of the coursework, together with laboratory studies focused on the heart, enables students from participating departments to receive their Ph.D. degree conferred with a concentration in Cardiovascular Science.

The overall mission of the Center is to advance areas of excellence in cardiovascular science at UIC through a platform of collaborative, multidisciplinary and state-of-the-art research, and in so doing, to provide world-class training for the coming generations of basic and clinician scientists in the field. In this manner the CCVR enables discovery of fundamental mechanisms of cardiovascular disease to be translated into clinical research and ultimately, clinical utility.

The CCVR is significantly involved in the advanced training of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows in cardiovascular and related fields. Additionally, the Center is actively involved in public service activities in collaboration with the American Heart Association and other organizations to promote better lifestyles and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Reprint from Illinois Medicine (Summer 2011): Download PDF