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 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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Feb. 13, 2020

New Virginia Tech startup seeks to use nano-capsules derived from milk to deliver heart drug

Good things come in small packages. Launched by Fralin Biomedical Research Institute’s Robert Gourdie, The Tiny Cargo Co. will package vital heart medicine in nano-containers ...

John Chappell, assistant professor in the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Sept. 11, 2019

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientist earns American Heart Association award to study stroke recovery

The three-year American Heart Association Transformational Project Award will help John Chappell, an assistant professor in the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC’s Center for ...

Anthony Rosenzweig

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Renowned cardiology expert to open newly named VTCRI Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture Series

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