We thank the many contributors to CHFR over the years, and look forward to a future building on the solid foundations that have been built over the last 17 years.

The Center for Heart Failure Research (CHFR) constitutes a network of cardiac research groups within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo, Norway. Since its foundation in 2002, CHFR has worked to promote and integrate high quality research from bench to bedside in the field of heart failure. Even though heart failure remains the main focus area, research groups in the Center cover a broad range of topics in the cardiovascular field. Truly, the Center represents the concerted action of basic scientists and clinical researchers: The basic research groups have complementary expertise combining state-of-the-art gene technology and capabilities to investigate protein function in experimental systems. The systems range from isolated cells and multicellular preparations to integrative physiology in pathophysiological models of heart failure. The clinical research groups of the Center allow for testing of hypotheses in prospective clinical studies.

The main activity of CHFR has of course been the excellent research conducted by the participating research groups and researchers connected to the Center. This has resulted in more than 200 scientific articles each year. Much of this is shared as work in progress during the Annual CHFR symposium, that has been organized since 2003, and has been the main meeting place for members of CHFR. Other activities have been focused seminars in many forms. In 2018, a number of Focus Areas were established, headed by young researchers in the Center. This resulted in 8 workshops in 2018. Over the years, CHFR has also established a PhD School of Heart Research which in 2012 developed into the core of the nationwide Norwegian PhD School of Heart Research.

CHFR has been financially supported by the University of Oslo and the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Sør-Øst). Due to the high quality and volume of research output from researchers in the Center, the Regional Health Authority granted CHFR an extra funding period beyond the two periods of funding normally allowed for research networks in the region. This extra funding period is now ended. Therefore, the Annual Symposium in 2019 will be the last activity in the CHFR. Although this marks the end of the current network, we are happy to announce that colleagues in the Symposium have taken on the task to make sure a Symposium will be organized in 2020.

Please contact Mathis Korseberg Stokke ( for more information about CHFR and NORHEART(

CHFR network of cardiac research groups

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Symposium on Heart Research

18th Annual Oslo Symposium on Heart Research, September 23-25 2020.
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