About the Netherlands Heart Institute
The Netherlands Heart Institute initiates and promotes world leading scientific research into the prevention and cure of cardiovascular disease. Our research is investigator driven. Our principal investigators and professors initiate our projects. The Netherlands Heart Institute does not do contract research.
Our research is organised in five lines: congenital heart disease, atherosclerosis, arrhythmias, genetics and imaging. Our research is conducted in the clinics and laboratories of the eight university medical centers.
The Netherlands Heart Foundation, ZonMW, STW, the European Union, the private sector as well as the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences fund our research.
Formerly known as ICIN
ICIN was founded in 1972 by professor Dirk Durrer (1918-1984), who at the time was one of the most prominent cardiologists of the Netherlands and a scientist of global fame. The aim of the cooperation is to share knowledge and means and to create added value both for scientists and for patients with cardiovascular disease. In 1993 ICIN became an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). ICIN had its roots in clinical research but over the years more basic research has been added to our portfolio. Like in clinical research, cooperation in basic research has proven very valuable.
On 1 January 2016 ICIN became independent of the KNAW and continued its operations under the name Netherlands Heart Institute. KNAW continues to fund our research and conducts the scientific evaluation every 6 years.