Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Cardiology


VMI/HVI Innovator Awards

VMI/HVI Innovator Awards feature collaborations between VMI and HVI faculty members. The projects below represent cutting-edge science and highlight how the synergy between VMI and HVI faculty opens new and exciting areas of research. Below is a list of recently-funded projects:



Partha Dutta, DVM, PhD
Catalin Toma, MD

Role of visceral adipose tissue macrophage apoptosis in insulin resistance after myocardial

Stephen Chan, MD, PhD
Cecilia Lo, PhD

Investigating hereditary TBX5 haploinsufficiency as a genetic cause of PH in congenital heart disease

Enrico Novelli, MD, MS
Liza Villanueva, MD

Novel imaging strategies of cerebrovascular dysfunction in sickle cell disease

Adam Straub, PhD
Prem Soman, MD

A Pilot Study to Assess the Prevalence and Determinants of Global Myocardial Flow Reserve Abnormalities, and Its Association with Impaired Vasoreactivity and the Cyb5R3 T117S Gene variant In African –American Women with Chest Pain Referred for Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

Cynthia St. Hilaire, PhD
Thomas Gleason, MD

Role Of Mechanical Stress In Ectonucleotidase Activity And Adenosine Receptor Signaling In Calcific Aortic Valve Disease

Iain Scott, PhD
Charles McTiernan, PhD

Adropin: A Potential Treatment for Mitochondrial Metabolic Dysfunction in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy

John Pacella, MD, MS
Patrick Pagano, PhD
François Yu, PhD

Sonoreperfusion for Microvascular Obstruction: Effects of Nox Inhibition

Dennis Bruemmer, MD
Marc Simon, MD

Endothelial Cell Telomerase Function in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Beth Roman, PhD
Stephen Cook, MD

ALK1 signaling in development of superior cavopulmonary anastomosis-associated pulmonary arteriovenous malformations

Sruti Shiva, PhD
David Schwartzman, MD

Relationships between atrial fibrillation and the platelet mitochondrial bioenergetic profile

Marc Simon, MD
Imad al Ghouleh, PhD

The role of EBP50 in right heart hypertrophy and dysfunction in pulmonary hypertension-induced pressure overload

Jeffrey Isenberg, MD, MPH
Guy Salama, PhD

Novel Pathways of Aberrant Ca2+ Dynamics in Heart Failure

Adam Straub, PhD
David Schwartzman, MD

Atrial Fibrillation from an Endothelial Perspective

Joao Cavalcante, MD
Greg Kato, MD

Sleep Disorders, Diastolic Function, and Metabolic Syndrome in Sickle Cell Disease

John Gorcsan, MD
Elena Goncharova, PhD

Quantitative Echocardiography in a Rat Model of Pulmonary Hypertension

Kang Kim, PhD
Edith Tzeng, MD

Ultrasensitive Thermal Strain Imaging to Prevent Unnecessary Carotid Intervention and Strokes

Guy Salama, PhD
David Schwartzman, MD
Ana Mora, MD

Relaxin: A transformative therapy for atrial fibrillation

Marc Simon, MD
Sruti Shiva, PhD

Mitochondrial function in RV failure

Matthew Muldoon, MD
J. Richard Jennings, PhD
Adam Straub, PhD

The role of hemopressin in reversing essential hypertension