Groundbreaking May 7 for UCSF Cardiovascular Disease Center

May 06, 2008
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The UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) is leading the charge in understanding and preventing cardiovascular disease by breaking ground for a new state-of-the-art building on the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

The new $254 million building and program will focus on both research and clinical care.

Today, cardiovascular diseases are the major cause of death and disability in the United States, accounting for nearly 1 million deaths each year, and the incidence is expected to increase as the population ages.

Participants in the ceremony include UCSF Dr. Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, Dr. Sam Hawgood, interim dean, School of Medicine, Dr. Shaun R. Coughlin, director, UCSF CVRI, Dr. William Grossman, Meyer Friedman Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Department of Cardiology

The UCSF CVRI is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2008. Since its founding, CVRI scientists have worked together across disciplines to attack cardiovascular diseases. Their partnerships have led to major advances in understanding the disease and in medical care, aiding everyone from infants with respiratory problems to adults with arrhythmia (alterations in heart rhythms).

CVRI's new building at UCSF Mission Bay will provide state-of-the-art laboratories for current scientists and allow for the recruitment of 25 additional investigators. In addition to research, it will house an outpatient clinic for patients with cardiovascular disease. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2011.

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.

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