The Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid (Spain), is a leading international research center dedicated to understanding the basis of cardiovascular health and disease and to translating this knowledge into improved patient care.
The center was founded in 1999 by the Spanish Ministry of Health and is located in the Instituto de Salud Carlos III campus in Madrid.
The CNIC adopted its current form after a “relaunch” in 2006, made possible through a partnership between the Spanish government and the Pro CNIC Foundation, a panel of 14 leading Spanish companies and charitable foundations. Through this partnership, the Pro CNIC Foundation injected significant private investment and also applied its combined expertise to the management and promotion of the CNIC, permitting the incorporation of Dr. Valentín Fuster as General Director and the development of a new strategic plan.