The last 18 months have flown by—from our kick-off party in February 2019 to receiving Board of Regents approval in July 2019 to submitting a COBRE application in January 2020, we have been non-stop in our pursuit of establishing the new Center for Heart and Vascular Research (CHVR). We have seen exponential momentum in our Center, and I am proud of our members, whose enthusiasm have made our achievements possible.
As Director of the CHVR, I want to thank all of our members for their dedication to seeing our efforts succeed. I thank the Steering Committee for providing guidance and for amplifying our vision for the Center. I thank Dr. Mercer, Dr. Romberger, Dr. Britigan, Dr. Larsen, Dr. Davies, and Dr. Gold for their belief in us, backed by a very strong institutional commitment.
As we prepared this annual report, I was struck by how much interdisciplinary and collaborative cardiovascular research we already have on campus. We have representation from all 4 UN campuses, spread across more than 40 departments that combined span the full T0 to T4 range of translational research. As your director, I am committed to building a center that supports and facilitates your research efforts to improve the heart and vascular health for Nebraskans and beyond. Keep reaching out to me with your ideas, as we continue to organize events and efforts. Our Grant Writing Boot Camp was a huge success, and another one is planned for next year. We will have more lunch and learn seminars, and will have initial results back from our pilot peer mentoring program soon. Stay tuned for all our activities- and if you are not already a member, join here: CHVR Membership Application.
2020 has definitely been one for the books. I am proud of the resilience shown by CHVR members and am confident we will continue to build a center that is a leader in the international cardiovascular research community.
Merry Lindsey, PhD