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Regents approve UNMC heart, vascular disease research center

Posted at 1:03 PM, Jun 28, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A new research center at UNMC looks to help combat Cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in Nebraska. Cardiovascular disease accounts for one in three deaths and totals more loss of life than cancer and chronic lung disease combined.

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents today voted to create an interdisciplinary cardiac and vascular research center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center that will enhance basic, clinical, and population research.

"Our goal is to become a national and international leader in heart and vascular disease research," said Merry Lindsey, chair of UNMC's Cellular and Integrative Physiology Department and founding director of the virtual center.

Located at UNMC, the Center for Heart and Vascular Research will bring together multi-disciplinary scientists from across the University to collaborate on translational, clinical, and population research. The center will enhance Nebraska Medicine's large heart failure and heart transplant program.