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UCI receives $5M from Edwards Lifesciences
Date:9/12/2007

Irvine, Calif., September 12, 2007 - UC Irvines Henry Samueli School of Engineering has received a $5 million gift from Edwards Lifesciences Corporation to establish a center focused on researching and developing the next generation of cardiovascular devices.

The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology will promote interaction and collaboration among students, faculty members and experts by incorporating both undergraduate and graduate programs related to heart and vascular diseases. The programs will be directed by UCIs Department of Biomedical Engineering, and will involve a variety of other disciplines, including students from the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, the Beckman Laser Institute, and UCIs Schools of Medicine, Physical Sciences, and Biological Sciences.

The center also will provide a training environment for hosting prominent experts in the field of cardiovascular technology. It will be located in Engineering 3, a new building on the UCI campus scheduled for completion in August 2009.

A national search is under way for a director, who will be charged with establishing a strategic plan and forming a leadership council to determine the centers specific direction.

Our goal is to create an interdisciplinary facility that encourages students, faculty, researchers and visiting scholars to collaborate and exchange new ideas to drive the development of cardiovascular advancements and devices, said Steven C. George, M.D., William J. Link chair and professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, who is spearheading the centers development. The Edwards Lifesciences Center will thoroughly examine the integration of numerous disciplines, such as materials science, computer science, advanced imaging and microfabrication, or the manufacturing of dev
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Contact: Jason Mednick
jmednick@uci.edu
949-824-5951
University of California - Irvine
Source:Eurekalert

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