The International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation conducts basic, pre-clinical, and clinical research to promote its mission to foster the provision of full-continuum, high-quality cardiac care. Our physicians and scientists work together, taking their ideas full spectrum from the research bench to the patient's bedside. The proximity of the researchers to the physicians, and the wearing of both hats by some, creates opportunities for hallway or lunchroom conversations where ideas are shared, debated, drawn-up, and taken to the laboratory for development. Our group has created and infused an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity and discovery into all of our work.
Basic research studies are intensive, systematic studies carried out in a laboratory environment that improve our scientific knowledge base and understanding of the natural world at its most fundamental level. Basic studies orginate when scientists question the processes that lead to damage or disease and propose hypothesesis or theoretical situations to investigate them. Well-conducted basic research adds to or enhances our current body of knowledge in a particular field. Read more about our work on our Publications page.
Before Clinical Research can begin, the safety, effectiveness, and biocompatibility of drugs and medical devices are tested in a laboratory setting. Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and stringent laboratory standards must be followed to ensure comprehensive protocol development, accurate data collection, and reliable results. Thorough and complete pre-clinical testing leads to more beneficial and effective clinical research. The International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation has conducted pre-clinical studies on valvular integrity, the use of natural tissues for implantation as vein grafts, tissue engineering, and general studies on tissue characteristics, treatment, and analysis.
When medical devices, medications, and treatment regimens are ready to be tested in humans, clinical research trials are conducted. Knowlege gained in basic and pre-clinical studies is taken a step further when it is ready to be tested in patients. Participating in clinical trials can give patients access to treatments that otherwise might not be available for several years. The International Heart Institute of Montana physicians have the intellect, scientific backgrounds, training, and professional skills to conduct clinical research trials and keep their patients on the forefront of treatment options in the cardiovascular sciences.
Research conducted at The International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation has produced several United States and International Patent applications and patent awards. Our intellectual property gives depth to our capability to take our ideas to market as real solutions to problems that face heart patients today.