Maxwell M. Wintrobe, MD, former Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, initiated and developed the concept of a cardiovascular research institute at the University of Utah School of Medicine. In 1971 he recruited JA Abildskov, MD, a University of Utah graduate and distinguished cardiologist/researcher, as the first permanent Director of CVRTI. Under his able leadership the Institute became internationally recognized for its important contributions to the field of cardiac electrophysiology. Dr. Abildskov retired as director in 1994 and continues as an active CVRTI faculty member. Robert L. Lux, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine, served as Director from 1994 to 1999.Kenneth W. Spitzer, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine (Division of Cardiovascular Medicine) was appointed Director in 2003. Through the generous financial support of Nora Eccles Harrison, Richard A. Harrison, and the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation, the Institute expanded to its present 27,000 square feet. Steve Prescott, Guy Zimmerman and Tom McIntyre led an exceptionally productive research team at CVRTI from 1981 until 1999 that focused on cardiovascular biochemistry and endothelial biology.