Cardiovascular Medicine has a robust research enterprise centered on four major themes: heart failure and ventricular function, electrophysiology and arrhythmias, vascular biology including prevention, and imaging. Thus, the spectrum of cardiovascular research at UW is broad, from the most basic to the purely clinical. It is also exceptionally well funded, with 69 active grants yielding more than $25 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for cardiac disease and stroke research in 2003. Of great importance is the Cardiovascular Research Center, a group of more than 120 investigators from seven schools across the UW, all of whom focus on some area of cardiovascular inquiry. Our efforts in all areas are accompanied by funded educational and training programs and amplified by strong collaborations with basic scientists and engineers across the UW campus. By creating great strengths in these areas, we are able to build programs that include both clinical and basic investigators, and that support and encourage research spanning the spectrum of endeavor, bridging the bench-to-bedside gap.
In addition to programmatic research, we have focussed on building critical infrastructure to support continued excellence and growth of our research enterprise. We offer complete mouse cardiovascular physiology and imaging services, and routinely create cardiovascular disease models in animals from mice to primates. Coupled with University of Wisconsin core laboratories and services, including the Office of Clinical Trials and the Biotechnology Core, our environment is second to none. We seek to continue a strong tradition of clinical and basic research, foster peer reviewed, extramurally funded programs and introduce important new areas in translational investigation such as regenerative medicine and gene therapy.