The Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Medicine (ICSM) is a multi-departmental Centre of Excellence designated by the University of Hong Kong and located in the Faculty of Medicine. The ICSM was established by a group of cardiovascular researchers in June 1996, with the aim of achieving academic/research excellence in cardiovascular sciences and medicine, which would bring international recognition, and at the same time, reduce the mortality and morbidity of cardiovascular disease. The Founding Members were Professors C.P. Lau (convenor), G.W. He, A.J. Hedley, E.D. Janus, C.R. Kumana, D.C.Y. Kwan, M.P. Leung, R.Y.K. Man, T.M. Wong, and Drs A.K.T. Chau, B.M.Y. Cheung and D.S.W. Ho.
The Institute's mission is to be a centre of excellence in research, teaching and training in cardiovascular science, and in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease in Hong Kong. The distinctive feature of the Institute is its belief in the union of science and medicine; that basic and clinical research should not be separate and that scientific knowledge should be applied to health care.
The objectives of the Centre are to promote integration and collaboration among scientists and clinicians in the cardiovascular field at the University of Hong Kong and other medical centres in Hong Kong; to establish effective communications with China and the global community through academic exchanges and scientific meetings; and to strive for excellence in research, education and clinical service.
Our major objective is to reverse the upward trend in cardiovascular mortality and morbidity and promote a healthy society and a good quality of life in Hong Kong and China. We will achieve this objective through active research, the outcome of which will be disseminated to the medical and healthcare profession and to the public.
The Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Medicine (ICSM) commits itself to strive for excellence in research, teaching and training in cardiovascular sciences which contributes to the prevention and patient management of cardiovascular diseases in Hong Kong.
We shall offer the highest standards of teaching, research and scholarship in an interactive environment conducive to creativity and innovative learning and to freedom of thought, enquiry and expression in all aspects of cardiovascular sciences.
We shall continue to undertake research, teaching and other forms of service in clinical and basic cardiovascular sciences which will advance our quest for wisdom, truth and excellence in biomedical science at large.
We shall make known the mission of this Institute in Hong Kong and internationally.