Cardiovascular disease remains the world’s #1 cause of death. Here at OHSU, we are studying the circulatory system at the molecular level to understand its innermost workings. Our goal: detect disease earlier, treat it faster and prevent it far more frequently.


The clinicians and scientists at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute work together for one fundamental purpose: to turn the tables on the world's leading cause of death. The institute is leading a new revolution in cardiovascular medicine that will shift the focus of cardiology away from the treatment of advanced disease and toward the preservation of health and vitality of life. Our mission is to save the lives of patients at every stage of the human lifespan through new and better diagnostics and treatments.

Stopping Disease
Before It Starts

Better prevention and earlier treatment of the underlying causes of heart disease are the first steps toward a dramatically lower death rate. OHSU is a global leader in advanced biomedical imaging, high-performance biocomputing and specialized genetic testing. All three of these areas of strength have significant potential to reveal the earliest, molecular-level signals of a cardiovascular problem before it becomes life-threatening, and to diagnose and treat pediatric heart defects earlier than ever before. 


OHSU's internationally acclaimed expert in stem cell and gene therapies, Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Ph.D., electrified the international scientific community by publishing research showing that it's possible to repair a disease-causing gene in a human embryo and prevent that disease from being passed down to future generations. His team targeted hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease that affects an estimated 1 in 500 people and the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

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