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The current campus of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, opened in late 2005 in the newly developed area of Kaka’ako in Honolulu, close to the ocean.  The Center for Cardiovascular Research (CCR) base is located on the third floor of the Biosciences Building and comprises ten state-of-the-art biomedical laboratories used by multiple independent investigators from diverse disciplines. The CCR houses a wide range of complementary cardiovascular interests, from basic to clinical research, all activities seeking to improve and maintain the health of the heart and the vasculature.



Promote collaborative, innovative, and important basic science and translational research in cardiac and vascular disease.
Cultivate and sustain nationally competitive training programs in cardiovascular science for graduate students, medical students, postdoctoral trainees, and cardiology fellows.
Engage the community in understanding cardiovascular health and disease.


To be a premier research center driving a better understanding of cardiovascular biology and new treatments for disease

Shared Core Values

The staff and faculty of the Center for Cardiovascular Research are committed to serving the State of Hawaii and the University of Hawaii by emphasizing:

  • Teamwork

    Collaboration is the key to advancing basic science and translational research.

  • Innovation

    We will strive to perform cutting edge research that benefits Hawaii and society in general.

  • Outreach

    Serving the needs of science education at undergraduate and high school level

Shohet Circle Portrait

Ralph Shohet, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research

Mastui Circle PortraitTakashi Matsui, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor & Chair
Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry & Physiology
Deputy Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research

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