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Cardiac & Vascular Coursework & Clubs

Cardiac & Vascular Pathophysiology Course (PHYB 518):  The course focuses on the fundamental mechanisms and pathogenesis of impaired cardiac and vascular performance. The pathology and function of diseased cardiac muscle and the circulatory system are detailed in relation to normal states of health, and therapeutic interventions for the disease are discussed. The faculty presenting include a mix of both clinicians (MDs) and basic scientists (PhDs).

Course Coordinator:  J. Michael O'Donnell, PhD

312-413-8276 |

The Heart Research Journal Club examines heart muscle literature on physiology, biophysics, cell and molecular biology etc. The Journal Club sessions operate during the Spring and Fall semesters and we typically meet the first Wednesday of every month from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. You are all welcome to present a research article of interest for the discussion group. If you want to present a paper, send me an email indicating the date you would like to present and the research paper you would like to present. Our virtual meetings are informal and there is no need to prepare a slideshow. Our plan is to use most of the time for discussion.  Best, Chris

Journal Club Coordinator:  Christopher Solís, PhD

312-996-7477 |

The Angiogenesis Research Journal Club explores literature regarding vascular function in developmental and pathological settings. So far, we have completed 2 rounds where the first round (2019) focused on developmental angiogenesis and the second (2020) focused on understanding the effect of COVID-19 on human vasculature. The 3rd (current) cycle is focused on undergraduate training in vascular biology and is called "The Angiogenuises Journal Club". Each member is required to: 1) present a paper of their choosing, 2) answer questions from the audience and 3) lead a discussion on how the study affects our understanding of angiogenesis. We are always on the lookout for motivated individuals to join the group. If you would like to participate, please send me an email ( and we would be delighted to include you.
Journal Club Coordinator:  Qanber Raza, PhD
412-712-5983  |