I’d like to introduce the Lillehei Heart Institute’s new newsletter‚ Innovators at Heart. You are receiving this newsletter because you have supported or otherwise shown interest in cardiovascular research‚ care‚ and service at the University of Minnesota.
With this publication‚ we will keep you informed of the many advances we’re making toward better treatments for cardiovascular disease and ways to prevent damage to the heart altogether.
We’ll also tell you about our mission of educating the next generation of outstanding heart physicians and researchers. Effective in July‚ we’ll be offering a redesigned three-year cardiovascular fellowship that provides our fellows with time to develop and implement a research project of their choice. Training under our skilled faculty‚ these new scientists will develop a deeper understanding of the heart and how disease develops‚ which we hope will lead to innovative new therapies and disease prevention in the future.
You may have heard that the state legislature recently approved the Minnesota Biomedical Research Program. This is a huge victory for the University and for cardiovascular research. The five-year project will allow the University to build four new state-of-the-art research buildings‚ one of which will be designated for the Lillehei Heart Institute and will house interdisciplinary heart research. The new space will be a tremendous asset in helping us recruit the brightest researchers and retain our own top-notch faculty members.
The $292 million project will be backed by university-sold bonds. The state will help repay 75 percent of those bonds‚ but the remainder will be financed by philanthropy and other sources.
That’s why your support is so important to our work. Now that our legislators have shown their faith in the University‚ we want to prove that private citizens‚ corporations‚ and organizations believe in us‚ too. Your gifts help us do that. Thank you for your continued support.
Daniel J. Garry, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Director‚ Lillehei Heart Institute
St. Jude Medical Cardiovascular Chair in Biomedical Engineering