In 1988 the Maastricht research efforts on cardiovascular diseases were concentrated in the Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM). In 1992 CARIM, together with the Institute for Cardiovascular Research (ICaR) of the Free University in Amsterdam, is recognized as a Research School on Cardiovascular Diseases by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, a recognition which was extended for another 5 years in 1997 and 2002. In various reviews performed by the Academy CARIM received the highest grading possible for its research and training program. In 1993 CARIM received the recognition as training centre for postdoctoral fellows from the European Union in the framework of the Human Capital and Mobility Program. In 2000 and 2005 this support was renewed when CARIM received support as a EU-Marie Curie training site. Three main areas of research can be distinguished within the institute: 1. research focusing on thrombosis and hemostasis. These research activities are largely concentrated in 4 programs; 2. research on the functioning of the normal and failing heart, and on the possibilities for detecting and treating high risk cardiac patients. These research activities are concentrated in 5 programs. 3. research focusing on vascular biology of both large and small vessels.
More specified and extended information about CARIM, its staff and its program and possibilities for PHD students can be found at http://www.carimmaastricht.nl/.