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The Lillehei Heart Institute (LHI) pursues its educational mission by funding and managing several superior educational programs in cardiovascular research. It is our goal to produce world-class researchers who will advance the cure for heart disease.

Lillehei Heart Institute (LHI) Lecture Series

A scientific lectureThe weekly LHI Lecture series, which runs from September through May of each year, provides an opportunity for faculty researchers from all over the country to share their research with University of Minnesota Investigators.

Lillehei Heart Institute (LHI) Summer Research Scholars Program

three LHI summer scholars in a labThe LHI Summer Research Scholars Program gives high school and undergraduate students a solid grounding in the fundamentals of Cardiovascular basic science research.

Wilson Scholars Summer Research Program

Wilson scholars medal and certificateThe Wilson Scholars Program gives first-year medical school students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities or Duluth campuses a summer scholarship to perform research work with an LHI faculty mentor.

Lillehei Endowed Scholars Program 

LHI endowed scholars plaqueThe Lillehei Endowed Scholars Program provides research funds for everyone from undergrads to faculty members.

Visible Heart program

A sample heart attached to circulation apparatusLHI also supports Dr. Paul Iaizzo's Visible Heart program, an interactive educational web site jointly developed and maintained by the University of Minnesota and Medtronic, Inc.

“A Heart to Learn"
The “A Heart to Learn" program was developed for elementary and middle school outreach and heart education through the Visible Heart Laboratory and Lillehei Heart Institute. Our goal is to get kids excited about science, to help them understand the importance of a healthy heart/lifestyle, and to provide a basic understanding of cardiac anatomy and physiology. Visit the “A Heart to Learn” web page for more info or to schedule an event.

Atlas of Human Cardiac Anatomy
Created by the Visible Heart Lab in collaboration with LifeSource and the Lillehei Heart Institute, the Atlas of Human Cardiac Anatomy is a free, online tool that provides access to 3-D, animated images of human cardiac anatomy. Click here to browse the Atlas.