UCSF breaks ground on $250M cardiovascular research center

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The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has formally broken ground on its $254 million Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI).

In addition to biomedical research laboratories, the building will also house an outpatient clinic—a collaborative strategy that will bring together research scientists and physicians, according to the college.

The official event took place on the UCSF Mission Bay campus and was hosted by UCSF Chancellor J. Michael Bishop in mid May.

The original CVRI institute was established in 1958 in response to a worldwide need for dedicated research into heart and vascular diseases and their origins. UCSF resources, gifts from individual donors, foundations and external financing are funded the new $254 million CVRI building and program.

“For 50 years, UCSF CVRI scientists have worked across disciplines to attack cardiovascular disease. Their partnerships led to major advances in understanding and in medical care, aiding everyone from infants with respiratory problems to adults with thrombosis,” said Shaun Coughlin, MD, PhD, UCSF professor of medicine and director of CVRI.

The college said that the groundbreaking for the new building is a milestone for CVRI because its research scientists and clinicians are now dispersed across several sites. The new building will bring them together for the first time under the same roof and double the amount of lab space, allowing CVRI to double its faculty.