Research and Innovation


At UK’s Gill Heart & Vascular Institute, research is at the heart of what we do. With our strength and commitment to clinical trial and basic science research, we uncover new and innovative approaches to heart and vascular challenges, increase understanding and knowledge about these conditions, and provide state-of-the-art cardiovascular treatments to our patients across Kentucky and the region. Without our dedicated researchers, cutting-edge resources, and the patients who volunteer as trial participants and sample donors, we wouldn’t have many of the life-saving cardiovascular treatments and research knowledge that we routinely use today to help patients live longer and better lives.

  • Through the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute Clinical Research Organization, we enroll patients in clinical trials to study various cardiovascular conditions and help find potential treatments and even cures.
  • Researchers in the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center work to uncover new knowledge about cardiovascular biology to improve our understandingand contribute to future clinical research.
  • Our Cardiovascular Biorepository (CVBR) maintains cardiac samples from surgical patients and organ donors to help researchers across Kentucky and around the world explore new ways to treat heart and vascular conditions.
  • Clinical trial sponsorships are vital to our mission to provide the latest medical therapies to our patients across Kentucky and the region. Our advanced resources, expert staff and collaborative experience ensure that we foster and maintain strong partnerships with sponsors.


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