Heart Research Center
The Heart Research Center at OHSU
The Center was established in 1993 as the Congenital Heart Research Center and changed its name in July, 1999, to reflect the expanding breadth of its research concerns to include adult heart research.
The Heart Research Center is a collection of over 100 scientists from varied disciplines, all of whose research has some bearing on heart health or heart disease. Members retain their position in their department while enjoying the collaborative and supportive efforts of the HRC and its other members.
The heart is an amazingly complex organ. From its origins as two simple tubes to its maturity as a four-chambered muscle pumping an average of 50 million gallons of blood in a lifetime, the heart has never been better understood - and yet we have so much more to discover. HRC members study the effects of nutrition, exercise, childhood environment, and even dental health in order to contribute to a better understanding of how to improve worldwide heart health.