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Integrating Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Patient Care


The Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute (DHLRI)

The DHLRI opened in the Summer of 2000 as an inter-disciplinary research facility with a commitment to translational research—research that involves both clinical and basic scientists in directly transforming their latest findings into leading-edge patient care.

It houses nearly 120 scientists representing academic departments from Internal Medicine to Biomedical Engineering. In two years, it has already distinguished itself by the quality of its scientific work in areas such as pulmonary inflammation, redox signaling, angiogenesis, biomedical engineering and imaging.

Research space is expected to nearly double in the next three years with the expansion of the research faculty and new initiatives.

The DHLRI supports its research programs with state-of-the-art core laboratories including:

Genetics and Microarray: provides the techniques and equipment for genetic research from nucleotide sequencing to observing gene function.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology: allows for varied data analysis, including the assembly and editing of DNA sequence data and the storing and analysis of gene chip data.

Flow Cytometry: aids researchers with expertise in theory, protocol development, cell sorting and data acquisition analysis.

Microscopy: offers opportunities for “live cell” experimentation as well as deep penetration of viable tissue without specimen damage.


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The Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital

The Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, now open at Ohio State, is the only freestanding heart hospital in Ohio.  Its close link to a cardiovascular research institute sets it apart as only one of three such sites in the United States. The state-of-the-art facility provides a home to all heart-care services now located throughout OSU Medical Center. The centralization of services makes care more convenient for patients and allows greater sharing of resources and expertise across programs.

Designed to enhance patient care and comfort, The Ross Heart Hospital features “Universal Patient Rooms” equipped with technology to care for any heart condition from diagnosis to transplantation, thus allowing patients to remain in one setting from admission to discharge.

Patients receive continuous care throughout their stay from the same multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse managers, dietitians, exercise physiologists and other specialists. Each room is large enough to accommodate a family visit or overnight guest and provides a view of either the outside or indoor atrium.

The Ross Heart Hospital, places OSU Medical Center among a small group of academic medical centers in the United States that have melded cardiovascular research with clinical care to form freestanding heart programs.