Heart Research Center becomes the Center for Developmental Health

Kent Thornburg, PhD, director of the Center for Developmental Health

The $125 million gift from Nike co-founder and Chairman Phil Knight and his wife Penny that formed the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute has rallied researchers around the developmental origins of cardiovascular disease. This gift has already inspired many changes as the institute works to become a leader in translational cardiovascular research. One major change is the transition of the Heart Research Center into the newly formed Center for Developmental Health to reflect a focus on developmental diseases, like heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and the study of early life growth patterns that cause vulnerability for cardiovascular disease during adulthood. The center is directed by Kent Thornburg, PhD, who also directs the Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness.

The center was formally organized in July 2013, and since then, it has steadily become a major, collaborative research group within the Knight Cardiovascular Institute. The Center for Developmental Health now consists of 60+ scientists who study the developmental origins of health and disease at OHSU, all rallied around the institute’s mission to translate discoveries on the treatment and intervention of cardiovascular disease from the lab to the clinic as quickly as possible.

Learn more about the Center for Developmental Health.