Vascular Disease

Our History

1982

Ronald J. Stoney, MD and William K. Ehrenfeld, MD, vascular surgeons at the University of California, San Francisco, founded the Pacific Vascular Research Foundation (PVRF) to support research and develop innovative treatment strategies.

1990

Vascular Cures expands its mission to support basic vascular science, focusing on the causes and mechanisms of vascular disease.

1996

The Wylie Scholar Program launches to give research grants to outstanding surgeon-scientists at the early stage of their careers. Still active today, Wylie Scholars have become department chairs and leading surgeon-scientists at academic institutions across North America.

2000

The Laboratory for Accelerated Vascular Research (LAVR) is founded at UCSF, a unique collaboration of scientists and physicians to generate new knowledge in vascular biology and device technology. The LAVR was supported by the Wayne & Gladys Valley Foundation.

2006

The Wylie Scholar Program celebrates 10 years of funding research for promising vascular surgeon scientists.

2013

The Vascular Cures Research Network (VCRN) launches. This collaborative research consortium brings world class investigators together to solve the most urgent problems facing patients with vascular disease.

2014

Vascular Cures hosts the first Research & Innovation Summit, bringing together leaders from patient care, research, biopharma & devices, payers, investors and regulatory bodies to develop and pursue collaborative projects.

2015

Project Voice introduces a national patient-centered initiative that leverages the power of digital health to improve outcomes through empowerment in patients with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). The program concept came out of the 2014 Summit.

2016

Vascular Cures hosts the 2nd Research & Innovation Summit to identify high-priority areas of unmet scientific need that could have a rapid impact on vascular health.

The Project Voice feasibility study launches to evaluate the feasibility of the PAD home-based exercise platform.

2017

Vascular Cures funds the first Collaborative Patient-Centered Research (CPCR) Grants to conduct projects that use shared research resources and generate results within 1 – 2 years.

Vascular Cures supports two Project Voice feasibility research studies with multiple partners to evaluate a digital health platform coupled with walking activity tracking for patients with PAD.

2018

The 3rd Research & Innovation Summit convenes 51 leaders from 28 institutions to identify unmet scientific needs and brainstorm collaborative projects that will create and leverage research resources from institutions across the US.

2019

The Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in PAD (PROM-PAD) Working Group brings together a multi-disciplinary group of clinical experts, scientists, governmental and industry stakeholders, and patients to improve how patients experience data (e.g. quality of life) is used in research and care.

2020

The Vascular Innovation Series Webinar launches to tackle timely and critical questions that address patient-centric issues in vascular health.

The virtual 2020 Innovation Summit convenes key thought leaders from leading organizations to discuss “Patient-Centered Technology for Harnessing & Using Data Remotely.”

CPCR Grants are awarded to two teams of established clinician-scientists at four leading academic medical centers, supported by a collaborative research laboratory. The research projects are identifying biomarkers to better understanding who will respond better (or worse) to treatments and identify new targets for future drugs.

2021

CPCR Grants are awarded to two teams of researchers at five top academic medical centers. The grant funds 1-2-year projects that address the unmet needs related to patient-centered technology for harnessing & using data remotely in PAD and/or CLTI.

The Wylie Scholar Program celebrates 25 years of providing 3-year career development grants to outstanding young vascular surgeon-scientists who combine active patient care with academic research.