19th Annual Jim Ray Memorial Heart Ride!

Taqueti_Jim Ray Heart Ride pic

The annual Jim Ray Memorial Heart Ride never ceases to amaze us with their dedication & support to UVM CVRI, cardiovascular research and especially to early career investigators.  Please read the following letter from the founders of this amazing event!

On Saturday, June 15, we crossed bridges, caught ferries, enjoyed great water views, and climbed some unexpected and very steep hills as we rode almost 140 miles around Lake Champlain to support the Cardiovascular Research Institute of Vermont (CVRI) during the 19th annual Jim Ray Memorial Heart Ride.

Thanks to the incredibly generous support of family and friends, through the years we’ve now raised more than $185,000 for heart disease prevention and research. With your help, we’re also helping to educate the next generation of researchers.

In late April, a portion of the funds donated were used to sponsor the CVRI’s Early Career Lecture Series at the UVM Medical Center/Larner College of Medicine. Viviany Taqueti, M.D., M.P.H., the director of the Cardiac Stress Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, came to Vermont to speak to a standing-room-only hall of health care professionals. She noted (as did all of the promotional materials) that “this event was made possible by a generous gift from the many donors to the Jim Ray Memorial Heart Ride.”

Since 2000, Mark Ray and Steve Gronlund have selected one day every year to cycle 100 miles or more to raise money for heart disease and research. The annual ride honors Mark’s dad Jim Ray – an avid cyclist who died of heart disease at age 64 – plus Mark’s grandfather; Steve’s grandmother, grandfather and uncle; other family members and friends; and the millions impacted by heart disease and stroke.

This year, Mark and Steve were joined by Tim Pudvar, who has participated in a number of our crazy rides, including the first double century from the Canadian to the Massachusetts border back in 2011.

The ride is over, but you can still contribute -- we haven't cured heart disease yet! To give, please click on the "Donate" button on this site or send a check to Mark Ray at 227 Hullcrest Road, Shelburne, VT 05482 that's made payable to "UVM Medical Center" with "Jim Ray Memorial Heart Ride 2019" in the notes section. (Sending a check means you have to buy a stamp but you also avoid the online service fee.)

Many thanks for your support, now and during the past 19 years. Your heartfelt generosity keeps us going.

Mark and Steve and Tim


CVRI Recognizes Newly Selected Distinguished Investigator, Michael J. Toth, PhD

Michael J. Toth, PhD

The CVRI seeks to highlight excellence in research and to foster the next generation of cardiovascular researchers.  As such, the CVRI Board of Directors has recently selected Michael J. Toth, PhD for designation as CVRI Distinguished Investigator. 

Dr. Toth, nominated by Dr. Philip Ades, has established extraordinary success as a UVM researcher in the field of muscle physiology.  His studies over the years have related to the role of skeletal muscle dysfunction as is seen with aging, chronic heart failure, disuse, and the presence of chronic disease such as arthritis and cancer.  His studies utilize ingenious techniques developed by himself and his colleagues that include mounting single muscle fibers for detailed functional testing.  Dr. Toth has also published a total of 106 peer reviewed publications, many in the strongest journals including J Appl Physiol, Am J Physiol, Circlulation, JACC and Metabolism.

CVRI-VT  recognizes investigators who are performing sustained, impactful cardiovascular research by naming them as "Distinguished Investigators."  Candidates for this award are nominated by members of the Board of Directors and previous Distinguished investigators.  Those accepted for the award will hold the designation, are expected to participate in key CVRI-VT activities, and are recognized by CVRI-VT with a reception and a commitment for funding. 

Dr. Toth joins the following group of prestigious Distinguished Investigators: Philip Ades, MD, Joseph Brayden, PhD, Martin LeWinter, MD, George Osol, PhD, Russell Tracy, PhD, and Kathleen Trybus, PhD.

Mark Your Calendars

August 22-23: Visiting Professor Mohamed Trebak, PhD, Pennsylvania State University

September 26-27: Sobel Visiting Professor Paul M. Ridker, M.D., Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School


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 and offered on a limited rolling basis throughout the academic calendar year; more details can be found on the application for funding.

CVRI Annual Report

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CVRI Lewinter Award AnnouncementFunding Announcement
Martin M. LeWinter (MMLW) Young Investigator Award

The MMLW Funding mechanism is an initiative designed to provide funding for potentially high reward pilot projects proposed by innovative young investigators.

It is the purpose of this award to provide seed funding for a junior UVM/UVMMC cardiovascular faculty member or trainee with a novel concept that has the potential to lead to a significant advance in fundamental knowledge about the nature of living systems and/or to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. Basic, translational and clinical research may be supported.

Eligibility - UVM/UVMMC junior cardiovascular faculty member (within 5 years of initial faculty appointment) or trainee

Funding - up to $5,000 may be requested. Funding may be added to existing funding from other sources providing the total award does not exceed $20,000.

Applications will be accepted on an open basis contingent on availability of funds. 

Click here for full instructions and guidelines.

Contact e-mail CVRI-VT@med.uvm.edu.