CVRI Board of Directors continues to promote

Cardiovascular Research while being socially distanced!BOD Zoom

Early Career Advisory Committee Awards Funding to Support Trainee Research Projects

Through its initiative to support research projects conceived and developed by early career investigators, the ECAC recently funded research applications from these trainees:

  •  Elizabeth Barker, LCOM Class of 2023 (Ira Bernstein, MD, Maria Cristina Bravo, PhD, mentors)

Endogenous clot formation potential in the late pregnant and postpartum woman

  • Andrea Foote, Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Sciences, Medicine (Robert Kelm, PhD, mentor)

Defining the Genome-Wide Transcriptional Regulatory Profile of Purβ in Cardiovascular Disease

  • Abbie Johnson, PhD, Department of Neurological Sciences (Marilyn Cipolla, PhD, mentor)

Hippocampal Vascular Mechanisms of Post-Stroke Dementia

  • Sherrie Khadanga, MD Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine (Philip Ades, MD, mentor)
Use of Activity Monitoring to Assess and Guide Physical Activity Recommendations in Women during Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitiation:  A Randomized Control Trial
  • Amreen Mughal, PhD, Department of Pharmacology (Mark Nelson, PhD, mentor)

Brain capillary endothelial Ca2+ signals in regulation of cerebral blood flow during Alzheimer’s disease

  • Lucy Pilcher, Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Sciences, Medicine (Jeffrey Spees, PhD, mentor)

Interrogating the role of Snord116 in epicardial cell response to myocardial infarction through alternative splicing

CVRI Research Competition Winner PictureCVRI Viridis Montis Early Career Investigator Challenge in Cardiovascular Disease

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

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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.

ECAC Thanks Sherrie Khadanga, MD for Service

With the start of the FY21 academic year, Sherrie Khadanga, MD, an assistant professor in Cardiovascular Medicine, will step down as Chair of the ECAC, and Jonathan Flyer, MD, an assistant professor in Pediatrics, will assume that role. On behalf of the CVRI Board of Directors, Early Career Advisory Committee, and Distinguished Investigators -- we give thanks and appreciation to Sherrie for her service and dedication as Chair of the ECAC!

Lewinter Award Announcement

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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