Why funding is important to the MCW Cardiovascular Center
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking more than one million lives annually.
Philanthropy plays an important role in advancing the work of the Cardiovascular Center and the patients who receive its benefits.
Your gift positions the Center's researchers to gain additional private and public funding.
Private philanthropy has been used by the Cardiovascular Center to provide seed funding to bright, new investigators for their start-up research projects. A seed-funding grant allows researchers to develop baseline research results and that in turn positions them competitively to receive U.S. National Institutes of Health or National Heart, Lung and Blood Disease Institute awards.
Currently, seed-fund grant recipients receive $50 of competitive funding for every $1 of philanthropy invested.
Private benefactors have also provided important recruitment funding needed to attract excellent faculty members to conduct research, provide care and implement community outreach and education. Recruitment funding has allowed the Cardiovascular Center to recruit post-doctoral fellows and faculty to conduct research.
Endowed professorships have allowed the Cardiovascular Center to identify and develop programs around multidisciplinary themes.