It is our belief that academic cardiology divisions have a mandate to perform basic research, "translational" and clinical research related to cardiovascular biology, pharmacology and disease. Within the Division of Cardiology at Emory, we are fortunate to have assembled a very interactive and productive team of cardiovascular investigators. Our basic research program encompasses a broad range of methodologies, including molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, cell biology, stem cell research and physiology.
In addition to our strong basic research program, Emory has enormous strength in the area of clinical trials and clinical epidemiology. The Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute (ECCRI) serves as a tremendous resource for our division, the Department of Medicine and other departments and schools at Emory. ECCRI serves as a focal point for collaborations between clinical investigators throughout the University and is engaged in numerous multi-center clinical trials.
The Andreas Gruentzig Center, directed by Dr. Habib Samady, has been at the forefront of research in interventional cardiology for the past decade and a half. The Gruentzig center has been very actively involved in clinical investigations of mechanisms of restenosis, development of new strategies to prevent restenosis and development of new interventional techniques, including brachytherapy, and recently, medication-eluting stents.
Our Clinical Electrophysiology Program, together with our Center for Heart Failure, has been actively involved in a multicenter trial examining the efficacy of biventricular pacing for treatment of heart failure and has led the nation in enrollment in this trial. Other studies performed by our EP service have examined the use of implantable defibrillators and mechanisms of atrial fibrillation.
An important aspect of our research program is training young scientists. Cardiology fellows at Emory have the opportunity to work with some of the nation's top investigators, benefiting from their experience and expertise. Close, day-to-day interactions between the fellows and their respective mentors provide guidance not only with the research project, but also manuscript and grant writing, data analysis, oral presentations and planning of research projects. In addition to Cardiology fellows, we are fortunate to have a large number of other research trainees who come to the Cardiology Division at Emory each year. These include graduate students and post-doctoral Ph.D. fellows from the United States as well as Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Chile, Romania, China, Australia, among others. This has made our institutional research program a truly international effort.
Overall, our research programs within cardiology represent many closely integrated, vibrant, and productive efforts that span the gamut of investigational approaches. Because of our continued commitment to cardiovascular investigation, we anticipate continued success and growth of this very important aspect of Emory Cardiology.
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