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Mission and Objectives


The mission of the UnIC is to contribute substantially to research in cardiovascular disease and to the scientific and technological development in this field.


Our goal is to focus in particularly new and highly relevant medical issues in the cardiovascular disease field, such as the development of biomarkers for heart failure management, the application of new cardiac imaging modalities and technologies to the early diagnosis of ischaemic cardiomyopathy, the understanding of the pathophysiology of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, pulmonary hypertension, right ventricular failure and cerebrovascular and vascular disease, as well as the contribution to new treatment strategies based on innovative technologies, such as new ventricular assist devices amongst others, as a result of a joint effort of basic, clinical and engineering researchers. These topics are amongst the main causes of cardiovascular and global morbidity and mortality with a major toll on healthy aging and quality of life. 

We envisage to promote and strengthen a strong translational component in our research by nurturing collaborations between clinicians from distinct backgrounds (from imaging and diagnosis to medical and surgical care), many of whom are also basic science researchers, and biomedical researchers with full dedication to ex vivo functional evaluation and molecular biology techniques.