Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in Delaware, and in the United States as a whole, with 36% of all mortalities nationwide attributed to this disease. In 2007, Americans spent $283 billion for health care related to cardiovascular disease, involving nearly 80 million patients. Rising health care costs and an aging population will place increasing pressure on the nation’s health care system to respond. The expertise assembled by the DCRC will position the University of Delaware and its partners to conduct research in this critical area and to successfully compete for federal and private research funding.
Developing a cardiovascular research program is a critical component of the Delaware Science and Technology Council’s goal of establishing a biomedical research capability in the state. Recently, a commitment to form a regional partnership, the Delaware Health Science Alliance, involving the University of Delaware, Christiana Care Health System, Nemours, and Thomas Jefferson University, was approved among the partners. The partnership will facilitate basic and translational research and expand clinical programs and education. The DCRC will amalgam with the partner institutions to achieve this goal.
 Disease Statistics, NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website, http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/factbook/chapter4.htm
 Disease Statistics, NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website, http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/factbook/chapter4.htm#4_7