OMAHA, Neb. (AP June 30) – The University of Nebraska Board of Regents has approved the creation of a new heart and vascular disease research center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The board voted Friday to approve the Center for Heart and Vascular Research, which will bring together scientists from colleges across the University of Nebraska, including medicine, public health, nursing, pharmacy, engineering, arts and sciences and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

In a news release, UNMC says cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and hospitalization in Nebraska, accounting for one in three deaths.

The UNMC College of Medicine and extramural research grants have committed $8 million in startup funding for five years. The center’s administrative structure will be on the fifth floor of the Durham Research Center in Omaha.