University of Toronto’s Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research (HSRLCE) was established in 1999. Our mission is to foster a collaborative research and educational environment, locally and internationally, that transforms cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease is the number 1 cause of death worldwide, killing more than 17 million people worldwide each year.


The Centre’s vision is to conquer cardiovascular disease through research and education. We prioritize the importance of training the next generation of research leaders. We provide undergraduate awards, studentships and fellowships to trainees to afford them the opportunity to train alongside our members on research projects focused on prevention and cure of cardiovascular disease. Our members are involved in bench to bedside translational research with a focus on innovation and first-in man clinical trials.


Please click here to download a copy of our brochure that gives an overview of our Centre
Please click here to read a report that shows a snapshot of our research and education activities.
See below for a video featuring a research program we support that looks into risk of cardiovascular disease in athletes

We welcome donors to give towards HSRLCE’s education and research activities. To donate, please send a cheque payable to “University of Toronto” and send to the address below (charitable tax receipts will be provided):

University of Toronto
6 Queens Park Crescent West, Room 321
Toronto, ON   M5S 3H2

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Thuo, Business and Communications Manager at 416-978-2351 or


One of the research projects that HSRLCE supports is University of Toronto’s Sports Cardiology Institute that looks into the risk of cardiovascular disease in athletes. See video below.