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Membership in the Center for Cardiovascular Research is open to any University of Illinois faculty member who has a research interest in cardiovascular research and a shared commitment to collaborate with others, to further the scientific goals of the CCVR.
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The Center for Cardiovascular Research is a world-class center of excellence at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It brings together more than fifteen laboratories and facilities focused on defining cures for cardiovascular diseases.

The CCVR supports interdisciplinary research in basic, translational and clinical cardiovascular sciences on the Medical Campus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in the heart of one of the largest metropolitan cities in the United States. This provides an excellent environment for interactive research, better training opportunities for doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, residents and fellows with the express goal of recruiting and training the talented leaders in cardiovascular science for the future.


The Priority of the CCVR is to provide a campus-wide platform for networking faculty and trainees with common interests in the cardiovascular sciences. Our monthly Colloquium in Cardiovascular Sciences, and yearly Research Day Symposium serve to meet this interdepartmental platform. It is through this network that collaborative efforts have emerged and succeeded at UIC. We offer a vibrant environment important for recruitment and retention of faculty. As a center, we are also uniquely positioned to pursue joint fund raising opportunities among participating clinical and basic science department in conjunction with our UIC development officers.

Models of Heart Disease & Animal Physiology Measures
Through our partnership with the RRC, we are now able to support of our faculty research by providing several core services for monitoring animal physiology. This adds to our growing number of animal models of heart disease now available to both interdepartmental CCVR members and nonmembers. The Center is also a pivotal element in developing and sustaining our mouse phenotyping core. These services and models provide a powerful scientific base in support of our junior faculty capabilities, professional competitiveness, and career advancement.

Important to the mission of our Center is the education of our students. Indeed, no one department has the pool size of students and faculty necessary to support the cardiovascular coursework needed to train our leaders for tomorrow. Currently the CCVR offers four course electives with lectures in heart pathophysiology, clinical studies, muscle contraction, disease treatment strategies, and experimental & clinical methods. Lectures are provided by faculty from the CCVR that include clinicians to enhance interaction with clinical departments. Completion of the coursework, together with laboratory studies focused on the heart, enables students from participating departments to receive their Ph.D. degree conferred with a concentration in Cardiovascular Science.


CCVR News & Events

2020  CCVR Research Day

has been scheduled for Friday, September 4th, 2020. See our preliminary program.

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Solis on his recent NHLBI K99 Pathway to Independence Award.

His grant is entitled: Post-Translational Mechanisms of Cardiac Adaptation During Unloading. Read More...

Is Covid-19 a CardioVascular Disease?

Some say, yes. Check out this recent article:

Join our Semi-Annual CCVR Town Hall Meeting via Zoom, Wednesday July 1st from 3-4pm.

Come learn about the many services supported through the Center, and share any ideas you may have with usRead More...

Congratulations to the Chicago NeuroVascular Meeting Trainee Competition Winners

We extend congratulations to the following trainee competition winners. Read More...

2019 CCVR Research Day - Trainee Awardees

We are very pleased to announce the results of the Trainee Awardees for the Oral and Poster Competition presented today as part of our CCVR Research Day Symposium 2019. Read More...

CCVR Leaders Awarded T32 Training Grants

We are pleased to congratulate Dr. Jan Kitajewski and Dr. Dawood Darbar for each being awarded NHLBI T32 Traning Grants. Read More...

2019 CCVR Research Day

The 2019 CCVR Research Day is scheduled for September 19th, 2019. Please mark your calendar.

2019 CCVR Research Day Gunnar Lecture

Jil Tardiff, MD, PhD has accepted our invitation to give the Herman P Gunnar Lecture at this year's CCVR Research Day symposium. Read More...

CCVR Program Director in the News

Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek was named Physician of the Year by the Chicago Medical Society. Read More...