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Vascular Biology Center

Cardiovascular Diseases... Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Stroke, Hypertension, Diabetes...

All are on the rise in the United States and, with the increasing prevalence of obesity and diabetes, have been described as an epidemic.  Did you know that in 2013 the leading cause of death was cardiovascular disease?  This affects us all.  People either have heart disease, will get heart disease, or know someone who has heart disease. The demand is high for a greater understanding of how cardiovascular disease develops and for new and better treatments.  This is the mission of the Vascular Biology Center.  We have brought together an internationally recognized team of experts determined to make breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.  Our field is developing rapidly, our science is critical, not only for the health of our country, but the rest of the world.



Stem Cell Therapy Study in Heart Patients

Dr. Adam Berman is the director of Cardiac Arrhythmia Ablation Services at GR Health System. He is the principal investigator of the study

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PTSD and heart disease

PTSD can lead to heart disease

Dr. Steven S. Coughlin, an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health and a former Epidemiologist for the Department of Veteran Affairs, provided an overview of Post-traumatic stress disorder and the risk of heart disease on Tuesday at Georgia Regents University. According to Coughlin, PTSD, a disorder often diagnosed in combat veterans, can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Read the full story in Stars & Stripes


Annual AHA Scientific Sessions

Chicago, November 15-19, 2014
Early registration discount!

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 Conference 2014

Third Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Management

October 25-26, 2014 at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites in downtown Augusta, GA.



Il-man Kim

Congratulations to Dr. Il-man Kim, an Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award Finalist.

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Dr. Lucas featured in Augusta Chronicle

"Drug could be pneumonia therapy"

AUGUST 1, 2014 - VBC Researcher featured in Augusta Chronicle.

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Dr. Neil Weintraub

Dr. Neal Weintraub, Associate Director of the VBC, has been named an Eminent Scholar of the Georgia Research Alliance.

GRU News Report


September 3 Gary C. Sieck, Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
September 8 Grant Drummond, Ph.D.
Monash University. Melbourne, Australia
September 17 Julia Brittain, Ph.D.
Vascular Biology Center
September 24

Il-man Kim, Ph.D.
Vascular Biology Center

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