Cardiovascular Science

Heart disease is the nation’s leading killer. The heart can be damaged suddenly or over time. Why does the normal pattern of electrical conductivity in the heart sometimes go awry or stop abruptly? How do arteries become blocked? What strategies might scientists develop to help correct these problems, as well as to repair the heart after injury as occurs during a heart attack by reducing scar tissue in the heart that can lead to heart failure and facilitating the regeneration and/or repair of normal cardiac cells? Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine Research aim to improve understanding of exactly how the heart functions, why it sometimes fails to work properly, and what to do to repair any damage.

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John Chappell, Ph.D.

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Researchers discover molecular mechanism of hereditary, tumor-causing disease

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Jan. 9, 2018

TBMH graduate students land elusive National Institutes of Health fellowships

Two translational biology, medicine, and health (TBMH) graduate students at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have won National Institutes of Health research fellowships aimed ...

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Regenerative medicine researcher’s startup companies give hope to patients

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist takes an entrepreneurial route to deliver new treatments for wound healing and cancer to patients.

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