Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability, and new therapeutic approaches are urgently needed.  The Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) exists to stimulate cardiovascular research, broadly defined, within the Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division.  The CVRI provides research support for CVRI faculty and students, maintains shared resources, and enhances collaboration among our membership.  CVRI faculty from diverse academic departments are engaged in research directed toward topics related to cardiovascular diseases.