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Stritch - Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI)

Cardiovascular Research Institute

The Cardiovascular Research Institute's (CVRI's) mission is to enhance collaborative research as it relates broadly to cardiovascular disease and neuroscience.  Our two primary goals: promote scientific exchange among clinicians and basic scientists and provide resources to support new CV research at the Health Science Campus.  More than 50 faculty from Basic Science and Clinical Departments comprise the CVRI.  We invite all Loyola scientists and clinicians with similar interests to join us to enhance discovery and improve patient outcomes.

CVRI is a publicly- and privately funded institute. 

The CVRI is supported by the National Institutes for Health, the American Heart Association, the National Science Foundation, and the generous contributions of individual donors.  For more information, contact Loyola's Advancement Division

Research Divisions

Cardiac Physiology and Biophysics Division

Understanding the physiology and mechanics of cardiac function is critical to improving the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Our research ranges from understanding basic events of cardiac and skeletal muscle function to uncovering the detailed mechanisms of heart remodeling during chronic disease states.  We prioritized our primary areas of study:  

  • Myofilament regulation during disease
  • Defining the mechanisms that control calcium homeostasis and excitation-contraction coupling in the heart
  • The interaction of membrane proteins such as SERCA with their regulatory partners
  • The role of the calcineurin-NFATc signaling pathway and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor-mediated calcium release in cardiac remodeling during hypertrophy and heart failure
  • The protective role of heat shock protein

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Vascular Biology and Hemostasis Division

For over 40 years, Loyola faculty in this division have participated in translational research to understand the disease process and develop innovative diagnostic methods, devices, and drugs. We seek to promote collaborative research opportunities to extend our research programs nationally and internationally.  Our multi-disciplinary team focuses on the pathophysiological mechanisms of vascular disorders and their management via several lines of research:​

  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Thrombotic and ischemic stroke
  • Vascular manifestations of venous disorders and sepsis associated vascular disorders
  • Cancer associated thrombosis and bleeding
  • Auto immune disease related vascular pathogenesis
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Clinical and Translational Research Division

The Clinical and Translational Research Division aims to reinforce collaboration among clinical, translational and basic CVRI divisions. Ultimately, we seek to help transition new understandings of disease mechanisms gained in basic laboratory into the development of new methods for diagnosis, therapy and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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Public Health Division

The Public Health Division performs research aimed at preventing disease, promoting health, and prolonging life among the population as a whole. We have a wide range of faculty expertise in areas that include epidemiology, biostatistics, nutrition, obesity, genetics, and environmental exposures. 
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Neuroscience Division

Our research seeks to enhance the fundamental understanding of how the nervous system functions in health and disease, and to support basic, translational, and clinical research and training, with the goal of developing novel and effective therapeutic strategies to enhance patient care. The research interests of our division faculty include:

  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Cardiovascular function and serotonin
  • Neural control of metabolic homeostasis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke and neural plasticity
  • Parkinson Disease and neurodegeneration
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Neuronal excitability

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Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Division

The Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular research is prolific in health services and translational research. Our focus is to better understand the quality of thoracic surgical care at the national level by studying processes of care, structure and surgical outcomes utilizing big data, clinical registries and administrative databases and help inform large scale policy. We also bridge health services with innovative translational research that can identify mechanistic and pathophysiological attributes in thrombosis and inflammation and how they related to improving several processes of surgical care that can result in real-world solutions to manned surgical problems.
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