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. At CARIM, basic mechanisms as well as early diagnosis and individual risk stratification of cardiovascular diseases are studied, allowing faster translation of new research concepts to clinical practice. New findings, products and techniques which can be applied in healthcare are evaluated, often in collaboration with private companies, and the results of scientific research are published in high-ranking international journals. Master s students, PhD students and MD students are trained to become independent researchers, and post-docs are trained to become leading scientists in the field of cardiovascular disease. CARIM is built around three broader research themes, each led by a program leader, on which the second part of the self-evaluation will be based: I) Thrombosis and Haemostasis, II) Cardiac function and failure and III) Vascular biology. These three themes comprise 26 basic and clinical programs. The research institute s main tasks include high-quality scientific research and the training of PhD students within the broad area of cardiovascular disease. The research effort not only aims to contribute to our understanding of th
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/.