Research Reception Highlights Locally Funded Projects

Funding research is a cornerstone of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission – a pillar of the organization’s foundation and a key to the future. Since 1949, the American Heart Association has invested over $5 billion, more than any other non-profit organization outside of the federal government.

Currently in Colorado, the American Heart Association is funding 36 active research projects totaling over $6 million.

Recently, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and staff of the Association had the opportunity to attend a research reception and visit the McKinsey Lab at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. Attendees of the research reception heard from over 15 past and current researchers that are working to advance the understanding and treatment of heart disease and stroke right here in Colorado.

As an organization, the Association has long supported scientific research in our fight against heart disease and stroke. This scientific research has led to breakthroughs in cardiovascular and stroke discovery, translation, and clinical application through more 49,000 funded projects. Some of the research projects funded by the Association include:

  • Fourteen American Heart Association-funded investigators winning Nobel Prizes
  • The first successful surgery of an implantable pacemaker
  • Performed the first artificial heart valve replacement
  • Helped develop the first MRI machine
  • Established CPR techniques that are still used today

The research the Association has funded through the generosity of our donors like yourself, is helping more people survive heart disease and stroke. The impact of the research projects has the potential to transform the lives of millions of people, not only in Colorado but across the country.

Thank you to sponsors, donors, and volunteers for supporting this lifesaving work.

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