Circulatory Health

Cardiovascular disease is worldwide the main cause of death in both men and women. To address this challenge the strategic program Circulatory Health creates scientific and societal value by connecting cardiovascular researchers, clinicians and educators.


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Heart attack risk temporarily increased after severe influenza in adults without known cardiovascular disease

28 June 2024 Read more

The true age of your blood vessels reveals the risk of further cardiovascular diseases

13 June 2024

A new heart, a new beginning

28 April 2024

European study to integrate palliative care in heart failure

26 April 2024

Living with heart failure: from support heart to donor heart

25 April 2024

Our themes:

The Circulatory Health Research Center (CHRC) encompasses a wide range of activities in clinical, translational and basic research with translation to the clinic and cardiovascular education. Our mission is to (inter)nationally reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease. In CHRC the focus is on four patient groups:

The Circulatory Health Research Center


Research approaches

The Circulatory Health Research Center has a special focus on four patient groups. The work we do for these patients is strengthened by eight research approaches: Clinical epidemiology and trials, Data science & AI, Diversity and health equity, Disease modelling, Genomics, Imaging, Local drug delivery and Prevention.

Research approaches Circulatory Health

Upcoming events

Hotel Theater Figi

06-09-2024 from 10:00 to 01:00
26-09-2024 - 26-09-2024 from 09:30 to 17:00
Networking Outreach event Symposium

Betweter Festival 2024


27-09-2024 from 18:30 to 01:00

Hotel Theater Figi

27-09-2024 from 10:00 to 01:00

Circulatory Health Community

Circulatory Health Research Center creates scientific and societal value by connecting cardiovascular researchers, clinicians and teachers. Because people work in different departments of the UMC Utrecht, we speak of a Circulatory Health community.



Are you interested in the exact cause of a myocardial or cerebral infarction or do you want to know how cardiac failure or arrhythmias develop? Or are you more interested in improving prevention or treatment of cardiovascular disease? Check out the educational program which is strongly embedded within Utrecht University.

Cardiovascular education

Partners & Networks





Daily Board

Gerard Pasterkamp

Full Professor


Gert Jan de Borst

Full Professor


Pim van der Harst

Full Professor


Marco Houterman

Program manager


Hester den Ruijter

Full Professor


Frans Rutten

Full Professor


Pieter Vader

Associate Professor


Frank Visseren

Full Professor


Program office

Marti Bierhuizen

Policy advisor education and research


Melek Denen

Management assistant


Claudia Nicolaije

Grant advisor and grant writer


Heleen Romeijn

Science communication advisor