The Earle A. Chiles Research Institute
The Earle A. Chiles Research Institute (EACRI) is a multidisciplinary center devoted to health care study. Since 1960, research activities at the Providence Portland Medical Center-based EACRI have resulted in life-saving and cost-saving treatment for patients with heart disease, cancer, diabetes and infectious diseases.
Scientists at the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute are currently conducting research in the following areas of cardiovascular therapy:
- Evaluation of new medications for treating high blood pressure, angina and congestive heart failure
- Control of irregular heart rhythms in post-heart-attack patients
- Laser therapy of obstructed arteries
Within the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center
, which is part of the EACRI, cancer researchers are focusing on new ways to enlist the immune system to fight cancer.
Future study topics slated for future study at EACRI will focus on the investigation of new heart and circulation measuring devices, such as isotopes, and the use of sound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study lipids and cholesterol disorders.