The Institute for Cardiovascular Research of the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam (ICaR-VU) was founded in 1992 on basis of the Dutch University Education Act (WW) of 1986. In 1992 the Research School of Cardiovascular Diseases Maastricht-Amsterdam (CARMA), consisting of the Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM) and the ICaR-VU, was formally recognized by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW ). The recognition of the Research School was officially renewed for another period of five years in July 1997, and again in July 2002. Since May 1998 the ICaR-VU formally collaborates withTNO-PG Leiden . All research projects should ultimately contribute to two research themes (Heart & Vessels). The institute stimulates research in these themes and provides quality control of the research projects.
The most recent information can be found at Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences.