Training Program Director’s Message

In recent years there has been remarkable progress in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Yet, cardiovascular diseases remain the leading cause of death in both men and women across the nation.

Researchers in the UW Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) are striving 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 come together at the Center, focusing their 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’ve made significant strides in better understanding heart disease by creating an environment for basic science and clinical investigators to collaborate. But truly interdisciplinary research has been hampered by widely separated research facilities.

In this era of unprecedented opportunity in the fight against cardiovascular diseases, the UW Cardiovascular Research Center is positioned to assume a role of national leadership in both laboratory and clinical research. We have achieved excellence in fundamental research and in clinical care, and now, with new programs and facilities, we will be able to translate research successes into improved treatment.


Gail Robertson, PhD
Director of the Training Program in Translational Cardiovascular Science
Kellet Professor
Department of Neuroscience

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1111 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 265-3339