The Mission and Strategy : Search for Scientific Solutions for Cardiovascular Suffering. The mission has been worked out in the following issues: - The management and all members of the ICaR-VU will ensure that the research effort remains concentrated on the two themes; the ICaR-VU will reach this goal through high quality basic, applied and clinical research. - The management and all members of the ICaR-VU will ensure the continuity through a meticulous system of quality assurance and through pursuing a high degree of financial independence. - The management and all members of the ICaR-VU will ensure that graduates of the Institute, in addition to graduating with high quality theses, are sufficiently prepared to successfully join the labour market. An important step towards this goal is to provide excellent education to graduate students. One of the main tasks of the ICaR-VU is to stimulate and promote interdisciplinary research to be able to cover the range ?from patient to gene?. Therefore, the research is oriented towards a limited number of cardiovascular diseases. This choice leads to a much better and more coherent research, does away with the boundaries between clinical and preclinical departments, and stimulates multidisciplinary research.
Research Topics : The principle topics covered by the Heart research program are: - Diastolic Heart Failure - Right Heart Failure - Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy - Acute coronary syndromes. The principle topics covered by the Improvement of Vascular Functioning research program are: - Vascular function in Metabolic Diseases and in Pregnancy - Vascular Remodelling and (mal)adaptation - Vascular function in Sepsis, Ischemia/ Reperfusion and Inflammation