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CVRI Holds Inaugural Early Career Investigator Challenge

Highlighting the work of promising early-career cardiovascular scientists is the primary goal of the new Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) of Vermont “Viridis Montis Early Career Investigator Challenge in Cardiovascular Disease” competition, which took place on February 5, 2020.
Four finalists delivered oral abstract presentations before a panel of five invited judges, including University of Vermont Provost Patty Prelock, Ph.D., and distinguished cardiovascular researchers from the Larner College of Medicine faculty. Zhaojin “Scarlett” Li, M.S., a Neuroscience Graduate Program doctoral student, was selected as the inaugural winner for her research abstract, titled “Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibition Reverses Vasoconstriction and Impaired Dilation of Pial Collaterals During Chronic Hypertension.”
The new merit-based scientific abstract competition, which was co-organized by Jonathan Flyer, M.D., and Margaret Infeld, M.D., was developed by the CVRI Early Career Advisory Committee, chaired by Sherrie Khadanga, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and assistant director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. “Knowing that competition brings out the best in people, and to make it more fun, the committee opted for this challenge format,” said Dr. Khadanga.
Read more about the CVRI Viridis Montis Challenge and finalists.[LINK TO COME]
Pictured above, from left to right: Jonathan Flyer, M.D., assistant professor of medicine; Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., professor of medicine and CVRI board member; Marilyn Cipolla, Ph.D., professor of neurological sciences and Ms. Li's mentor; Ms. Li; David Schneider, M.D., director of CVRI-VT, professor of medicine, and director of cardiovascular services; and Margaret Infeld, M.D., cardiology fellow.

 Sponsored by the Early Career Advisory Committee

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.

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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 Funding 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. 

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