Ralph Shohet, endowed director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research at the John A. Burns School of Medicine has received two large grants from the National Institutes of Health—one for Core laboratories and another for training young investigators.

The two grants will bring in more than $6 million over the next five years to battle heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States and the developed world. It is increasing rapidly in the developing world as well but Stohet is optimistic that new scientific insights will help treat and prevent heart disease in the future.

“It energizes all the investigators in the laboratory to have a sense that they are participating in a sort of global effort to understand these important problems with these very powerful new techniques that we have available to us,” said Shohet.

The Center for Cardiovascular Research is one of three Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence at JABSOM.

“There is nothing more exciting than exploring biology and especially human disease biology with the tools of molecular science these days, because we are understanding at a basic level how our heart works and how it goes wrong and how to prevent or treat problems which develop in what is the leading cause of death and disability in our population. Those discoveries are really what drive us and keep us tap-dancing into work each morning,” says Stohet.

Watch the video to find out more about the Center for Cardiovascular Research and the grants

—Adapted from a John A. Burns School of Medicine’s UHMedNow website article

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