Save the Date!

CVRI Burton E. Sobel Visiting Professor: Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD

February 13-15, 2019

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, serves as The Mount Sinai Medical Hospital as Physician-in-Chief, as well as, Director of Mount Sinai Heart Center.  Dr. Fuster is the General Director of the National Center for Cardiovascular Investigation or CNIC (equivalent to NHLBI) in Madrid, Spain.  Dr. Fuster has held innumerable positions including those of President of the American Heart Association, President of the World Heart Federation, member of the US National Academy of Medicine, member of the European Horizon 2020 Scientific Panel of Health, Council member of the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and President of the Training Program of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Fuster is an author on more than 1,000 scientific articles.  He was named Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nature Reviews in Cardiology and recently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  His research into the origin of cardiovascular events has contributed to improved treatment of heart attack patients.

His events include a Career Development in Academic Medicine Q&A, Case Presentations by Cardiology Fellows on Acute Coronary Syndromes, and a Medicine Grand Rounds program titled "The Evolving Science of Health: Imaging, Genetics and Behavior".  *These events are made possible by a generous gift from Martin Bloomfield, MD '60 to the CVRI.

In advance of Dr. Fuster's visit, CVRI's Early Career Advisory Committee is co-sponsoring a journal club in review of Dr. Fuster's work on patients with diabetes undergoing coronary revascularization.  The article can be found here.

NEW Funding Opportunity for Early Career Investigators in Cardiovascular Research
The complete application is due by February 15, 2019.

The Early Career Advisory Committee of the CVRI is pleased to announce a unique funding opportunity for Early Career investigators who are developing new skills and/or who are seeking a novel research experience aimed at developing a career in cardiovascular research.


  • Early career investigators at UVM who are working with a UVM mentor or an external (non-UVM) mentor
  • Early career investigators at external institutions who will be working with a mentor at UVM
  • For the purpose of this funding, early career investigators are considered to be:
    • Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students
    • 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year medical students
    • Postdoctoral fellows
    • Residents and clinical fellows
    • Faculty and Staff within 5 years of their first appointment

Funding: Applications requesting up to $10,000 will be considered.

For more details and application instructions, please contact

Congrats Juan Conde, PhD recipient of the CVRI Summer Research Fellowship Merit Award!

The CVRI sponsors summer research fellowships for cardiovascular-related research to first year medical students, which provide support for the student and for the mentor's laboratory.  At the UVM Foundations Award Celebration on January 24, 2019, CVRI Board of Directors member Marilyn Cipolla, PhD awarded Juan Conde, PhD with the CVRI Summer Research Fellowship Merit Award for his research project "Smoking, Biomarkers and Risk of Ischemic Stroke: the REGARDS Cohort" as the most meritorious cardiovascular-related research project completed during the summer fellowship.

Juan's project used data from the REGARDS study, a nationally recognized and NIH funded clinical study involving over 30,000 participants, to identify biomarkers for stroke risk in smokers.  This project analyzed large amounts of data and used biostatistical methods to address complex epidemiological questions.  The project was well-designed and executed and Juan wrote a clear and concise final report.  Juan found that stroke risk increased 32% for smokers compared to never smokers and that there was a dose-relationship with former and current smokers with regards to pack years.  He also found 3 out of 7 serum biomarkers were affected by smoking status.  This study was novel in that it included a racially diverse cohort and took account possible synergy with other vascular risk factors.

Congratulations, Juan!

2019 CVRI Research Symposium

CVRI's Early Career Advisory Committee hosted its first annual Research Symposium highlighting the work of early career junior investigators.  The symposium provided an excellent forum for discussion of current cardiovascular research supported by CVRI travel awards, ECAC research grants and summer research fellowships, as well as, networking with colleagues across many clinical and scientific fields.

Many thanks to the following presenters for sharing their cardiovascular research!

Insu Koh, PhD, Anita Li, Diann Gaalema, PhD, Theresa Nga-Ling Ko, PhD, Elisabeth Runte, MD, Aaron Gelinne, Abbie Johnson, PhD, John McInnis, PhD, Carole McBride, PhD, Rebecca Rieck, MD, Amir Azarbal, MD, Sheema Rahmanseresht, PhD, Heather Wright, MD.


Mark Your Calendars

February 15: Application Deadline for the ECAC Clinical, Translational & Basic Science Research Award

February 19: Join us at Community Medical School featuring "heart talk" entitled "Bigger Isn't Better: Risks & Reasons for an Enlarged Heart" by Jonathan Flyer, MD & David Warshaw, MD

March 7-8: Visiting Professor Geoffrey Pitt, MD, Weill Cornell

April 22-24: Norman R. Alpert Visiting Professor Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD, Northwestern Medicine

News and Announcements

Have a cardiovascular speaker you'd like to bring to campus?

Information on CVRI Co-Sponsorship of Cardiovascular Seminars can be found on the Application for Visiting Professor Funding

Internal Grant Review

CVRI provides internal review of grant applications to support cardiovascular research. E-mail CVRI for more information.  *NOTE: The request for internal review must be made at least 6 weeks before the submission deadline.

CVRI Travel Awards

CVRI travel awards are available to support trainees and junior investigators presenting abstracts at regional and national scientific meetings.  These competitive awards are for reimbursement of presentation-related expenses of up to $2,000; more details can be found on the application for funding.

CVRI Annual Report

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CVRI Summer Research Fellowship Merit Award_Winner_Juan Conde

Twitter in Medical Research Session

CVRI's Early Career Advisory Committee hosted a hands-on Twitter Session with UVM Larner College of Medicine and UVM Medical Center's social media experts.  The event featured a "how-to Twitter" start up tutorial, building research and clinical networks, and how to be part of the growing Twitter science community!

CVRI's Mary Cushman, MD also presented on how she utilizes Twitter to create network connections and utilize Twitter to facilitate meaningful science.

The event concluded with a spontaneous "Drop and Give Me 20" fitness shout out for science!

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