Current State of Cardiovascular Research in Korea

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Cardiovascular diseases have shown a continuous increase in Korea over the past decade and became the second most common cause of mortality in Korea. Although the number and the amount of total grants for cardiovascular research have increased in Korea, the proportion of the number of grants and total amount allocated for the cardiac/cardiovascular field to all health and medical research fields has not changed much over this period. In addition, the publications related to clinical research have substantially increased in Korea along with the number of nation-wide registries for cardiovascular diseases, but basic and translational research did not show significant growth, requiring new measures to promote basic and translational cardiovascular research in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1141-1145
Number of pages5
JournalCirculation Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 6

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
In Korea, 2 government organizations support cardiovascular research: the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Science, Information and Communications Technology. The Ministry of Health and Welfare provides research funding through various affiliated institutions, among which the Korea Health Industry Development Institute and Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) are the main sponsors of cardiovascular research. The Ministry of Science, Information and Communications Technology supports basic and translational research through the National Research Foundation. The National Research Foundation of Korea (http://www.nrf. was founded in 2009, aiming to optimize and advance the national basic research funding system. Other sources of grants are available through various cardiovascular societies and study groups within societies. Some grants are available from private foundations and pharmaceutical or device companies that support basic research and clinical trials. While many clinical trials are supported by commercial grants, the total figures are unknown.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from the Bio & Medical Technology Development Program of the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Korean government (MSIP, No. 2015M3A9C6031514), the Korea Health Technology Research and Development Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare (HI15C2782, HI16C2211), and Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in 2018 (18172MFDS182), and grants from NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; DP3-DK108245) and NHLBI (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; R01HL127759, R01HL129511).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 American Heart Association, Inc.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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