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Cardiovascular Research Institute

The Cardiovascular Research Institute of the Kurume University School of Medicine was originally established by Professor Noboru Kimura of the Third Department of Internal Medicine in 1959. It was largely funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, New York. The Cardiovascular Research Institute has been a center of both clinical cardiology and basic cardiovascular science in Kurume University. The basic science department of the Institute has been supported by the Frontier Grant for Promotion of the Research from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of the Japanese Government since 1998. In this year the Cardiovascular Research Institute was renewed and reopened with 20 basic research laboratory rooms including a P2-level laboratory.

Since cardiovascular diseases are now the second largest killer of Japanese following malignant neoplasms, the main theme of the research performed at the Institute is "Clinical and basic research for cardiovascular diseases." The Institute focuses on research on atherosclerosis, ischemic heart diseases, Kawasaki disease and aortic diseases from clinical and basic standpoints. The Third Department of Internal Medicine, and the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics of the Kurume University School of Medicine collaborate together to perform high quality research at the Institute.