The ISHR originally began as the "International StudyGroup for Research in Cardiac Metabolism" in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1968.
In 1976 in Tokyo the group adopted the name "International Society for Heart Research". Over the years, membership has grown to include over 3,000 members in 7 Sections including the Australian, Chinese, European, Indian, Japanese, Latin American and North American. To date 20 World Congresses of the ISHR have been held (Dubrovnik, 1968 - Gargona, 1969 - Stowe, 1970 - Geneva, 1971 - Winnipeg, 1972 - Freiburg, 1973 - Quebec, 1974 - Tokyo, 1976 - New Delhi, 1978 - Moscow, 1980 - London, 1983 - Melbourne, 1986 - Ann Arbor, 1989 - Kobe, 1992 - Prague, 1995 - Rhodes, 1998 - Winnipeg, 2001 - Brisbane, 2004 - Bologna, 2007 - Kyoto, 2010). The ISHR sponsors a number of important awards including the Peter Harris Distinguished Scientist Award, The Research Achievement Award, the Outstanding Investigator Prize, the Richard Bing Young Investigator Award, the Keith Reimer Distinguished Lecture, and various travel awards for young investigators. In 2001 over $90,000 was distributed in ISHR cash awards. In addition, several individual Sections award separate prizes. Members who have distinguished themselves for outstanding contributions to cardiovascular research are recognized by their advancement to the status of Fellows of the ISHR, a prestigious distinction that has been conferred to a select group of 82 scientists thus far. A list of past recipients of ISHR awards and Fellows can be found on our website at www.ishrworld .org.

Goals and Objectives
Our mission is to promote the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in the cardiovascular sciences on a worldwide basis through publications, congresses, and other media.
This is accomplished by:

• Organizing and supporting national and international congresses devoted to all aspects of cardiovascular research.

• Providing an international forum for discussion of problems and controversies at the cutting edge of cardiovascular research.

• Publishing a world-class journal devoted to advances in cardiovascular research.

• Maintaining a presence on the worldwide web at: www.ishrworld.org.

• Recognizing excellence in science through awards and prizes.