Our History

For most of this century, heart disease has been the number one killer of men and women across America. Tremendous gains have been made in understanding the causes and treatment of cardiovascular disease, yet each year an estimated 17.7 million people die and millions more are disabled by heart-related ailments.

An innovative program at the University of Wisconsin has brought exciting new approaches to combating heart disease. Since 1994, the UW Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) has brought together over 130 different researchers, physicians and educators to focus on ways to prevent and treat cardiac problems. Faculty from more than 30 specialties—from genetics to pharmacology and preventative cardiology to zoology—are collaborating in a broad attack on cardiovascular problems through basic research, clinical investigation, diagnosis, treatment and public education. Working together, physicians and researchers combine their unique perspectives, sparking fresh ideas and reducing the time it takes to bring new discoveries out of laboratories and to patients.

The CVRC has been a central resource for their efforts. It has encouraged cooperative research and provides funding for pilot projects. The Center works to recruit and retain outstanding faculty and to train new generations of researchers. It has developed an extensive cardiovascular database and has expanded awareness of heart disease through public forums.


We recognize those who have played a significant role in the creation and development of the CVRC and shown a substantial amount of dedication toward its research efforts.


Richard Moss

 Richard L. Moss, PhD

Served as Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center from its inception in 1994 until October, 2017.


Director’s Message:

Cardiovascular diseases remain the leading cause of death in both men and women across the nation despite remarkable progress in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

Researchers in the UW Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) strive to reduce the incidence and effects of these debilitating diseases by developing new, more effective approaches to treatment and prevention.

The Center’s success in these areas is a result of its unique approach to research. A cross-section of investigators from many scientific fields collaborates at the Center, focusing efforts on combating one disease. The CVRC allows researchers–studying independently and in concert–to examine the effects of cardiovascular disease, to track it on the most basic cellular levels, and to explore new strategies for treatment.

We have made significant strides in better understanding heart disease by creating an environment for basic science and clinical investigators to collaborate. We have achieved excellence in fundamental research and in clinical care, and we are excited to be able to translate research successes into improved treatment.

Richard L. Moss, Ph.D.
Director, UW Cardiovascular Research Center
Senior Associate Dean for Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies
Professor, Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology