Cardiovascular diseases remain a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. To accelerate progress into their prevention and treatment we must start by expanding our knowledge of the basic mechanisms and pathways underlying the complexities of vascular biology.

The goal of our IVB program is to train students capable of solving problems in vascular disease in the post-genomic era, implementing an integrative approach to studies of complex model systems through multidisciplinary collaborations. The IVB program is to unite students who are working or intend to work in the field of vascular biology and provide an environment that encourages collaborations and research involving more than one laboratory.

This interdisciplinary program emphasizes the need to understand and apply techniques in molecular and cellular biology to pathological and physiological problems in whole body systems, to merge discovery-based research with hypothesis-driven research, and to develop new paradigms for high-throughput approaches with living organisms. Integrating cellular, whole animal, and human systems will be the thrust of our training program.