Scanning electron micrograph of capillaries from the spinotrapezious muscle of the mouse. Courtesy of Dr. Brant Isakson.

Cardiovascular Research at UVA focuses on mechanisms that contribute to major cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, aneurysms, hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, heart failure, myocardial infarction, and stroke.

Over 150 former trainees now hold leadership positions in academia, industry, and other biomedical science-related disciplines.   Students perform research in one of the many laboratories housed in our world-renowned Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC).    Training is augmented through our NIH-funded Cardiovascular Research Training Program, which prepares students for highly successful biomedical research careers in a broad range of areas, including studies of basic cardiovascular development and function.  Our research also focuses on the development of novel drugs, devices, diagnostic methods, imaging modalities, and other therapeutic approaches to better diagnose, prevent, or treat cardiovascular disease.