Centers & Institutes
Centers & Institutes
The Cardiovascular Innovation Institute focuses on research, development, pre-clinical and clinical evaluation of bio-adaptive heart innovations and combination therapies, including heart assist devices, gene therapies, biofeedback sensors and related technologies. This is done through a progressive collaboration between the University of Louisville and Jewish Hospital.
Center for Advanced Surgical Technology
The Center for Advanced Surgical Technologies (CAST) is a joint effort of Norton Hospital and the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville (U of L) School of Medicine. It was established to promote optimal care in the 21st century by studying, developing and teaching new technologies.
The center, one of only 22 NIH-designated environmental health centers nationwide, studies the interaction between genes and environmental factors that negatively impact human health, whether through disease or through developmental problems. Research focuses on three areas in which the university has unique research strengths including environmental cardiology, the interaction between the environment and human cells that cause cancer and the developmental origins of health and disease.
The Center for Health Hazards Preparedness is a coordinator for research, education, and service on the early recognition and response to potential acts of biological terrorism. The Center's coverage includes the Commonwealth of Kentucky and areas in the surrounding states.
The Center for Genetics and Molecular Medicine is explicitly interdisciplinary and intercampus to assist and enhance research, education, training, and service in pre-clinical and clinical sciences at both the Health Science and Belknap campuses of the University of Louisville.
The mission of the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky (CIK) is to inform policy and practice that will improve the health of populations in Kentucky and beyond by facilitating and supporting transdisciplinary collaborations for research and data analytics.
The Diabetes and Obesity Center supports molecular, cellular, experimental, epidemiological, and clinical investigations into the cardiovascular causes and consequences of diabetes and obesity.
Gheens Center for Research on Aging and Age-Related Diseases
The Gheens Center for Research on Aging and Age-Related Diseases examines genetic mechanisms of the aging process and studies ways to slow or stop age-related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Led by Eugenia Wang, the center was founded in 2000 with a $2.5 million gift from the Gheens Foundation.
The Henry Vogt Cancer Research Institute is the research arm of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center which occupies the top floor of the cancer center building. This facility represents a joint effort of the University of Louisville and the Regional Cancer Center Board. The overall goal of the scientists in the Henry Vogt Cancer Research Institute is to study mechanisms relevant to tumor cell biology at the basic and translational level in order to provide insights that will contribute to the ultimate prevention and cure of malignant diseases.
The Institute for Cellular Therapeutics is headed by Suzanne T. Ildstad, M.D., Professor of Surgery, one of the nation's leaders in the growing field of cellular therapeutics and a pioneer in the expanded use of bone marrow transplantation to fight disease.
The Institute of Molecular Cardiology is a team of basic and translational cardiovascular scientists who work together to advance our understanding of the molecular basis of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury and to develop novel therapeutic approaches, including gene therapy and stem cell-mediated cardiac repair.
In response to the needs of our aging population, the Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging promotes a transdisciplinary effort in research, innovation, service and education by creating University, industry and community partnerships.
Established in 1977 and incorporated into UofL in 1987, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center is a cancer research and treatment institution which now sits among the nations finest.
The University of Louisville Area Health Education (AHEC) Program is a collaborative effort of the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center with the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, and eight regional centers to improve the distribution of health professionals throughout the Commonwealth.
The Kentucky Cancer Program is recognized nationally as a unique program which offers cancer control services to individuals and organizations across the state. The mission is to promote cancer education, research and service programs to reduce cancer incidence and mortality. With 12 regional offices, KCP is working to identify cancer problems and mobilize communities into action.
The Kentucky Lions Eye Center houses the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences of the University of Louisville, the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation and the Kentucky Lions Eye Bank. The mission of the center is to provide excellence in clinical care, research and education of diseases of the eye.
The KSCIRC is performing nationally recognized research in spinal cord regeneration. The Center presently accommodates six Principal Investigators and more than 30 staff members in 10,000 sq. ft. of newly renovated research space. Ongoing research areas include neuroprotection after spinal cord injury, stem cells, gene therapy, cell transplantation, neurotrophic factors, and surgical repair.
The Kosair Children’s Hospital Research Institute currently focuses on learning and behavioral consequences of sleep-disordered breathing and on mechanisms underlying end-organ injury in juvenile diabetes.
The Price Institute of Surgical Research promotes research focusing on improving care of the surgical patient.
The University of Louisville Birth Defects Center is a collaborative effort of more than 30 researchers and practitioners from departments throughout the university.