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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

CCVR Program Director in the News

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

2018 CCVR Research Day Trainee Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Ambili Menon, Dr. Christopher Solis, Dr. Srikanth Perike and Mr. Brian Mao. Read More...

2018 CCVR Student Graduations

The CCVR would like to congratulate David Ryba and Joseph Goldenberg. Read More...

2018 CCVR Heart Research Journal Club

The CCVR invites you to join the Heart Research Journal Club this semester. Read More...

2017 Trainee Poster Presentation Awardees

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Solis, Ms. Karina Ledezma and Ms. Taliha Nadeem. Read More...

2017 CCVR Welcomes New Administrator - Nicole Gallardo

The Center for Cardiovascular Research (CCVR) and the Department of Physiology and Biophysics are pleased to welcome Nicole Gallardo to UIC Read More...

2017 Dr. Solaro Honored with ISHR Distinguished Scientist Award

Dr. R. John Solaro, Director of the UIC Center for Cardiovascular Research, was honored with the Peter Harris Distinguished Scientist Award Read More...

2017 ISHR Young Investigator Award - David Ryba

Please join us in congratulating David Ryba on his Young Investigator Award from the North American Section of the International Society for Heart Research (ISHR). Read More...

2017 Two CCVR Faculty Recently Awarded New NIH R01

Congratulations to our CCVR Faculty, Drs. J. Michael O'Donnell (Physiology) and Terry Vanden Hoek (Emergency Medicine), for their recently awarded Read More...

2017 CCVR Farewell to the Fukais

CCVR Many Thanks and Best Wishes to the Fukais. Read More...

2017 CCVR Welcomes Back Dr. Pieter de Tombe

Welcomes Back Dr. Pieter de Tombe.

2017 CCVR New Vector Core

2017 CCVR Welcomes Dr. Jody Martin & New Vector Core Read More...