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Cardiovascular Research

cardiovascular research, artificial heart valve

Cardiovascular engineering research involves the application of engineering principles and technologies in the conduct of basic cardiovascular research and in the pursuit of new methodologies and devices for the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and remediation of cardiovascular problems. Cardiovascular research at OHSU is done both within the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and in other OHSU units. This research is an integral part of the many strong basic and clinical cardiovascular programs within the university. Graduate students in BME with an interest in cardiovascular engineering do research in the laboratories of advisors both within BME and in other departments and institutes.

Key Research Foci

  • Thrombosis and Hemostasis, in which we seek to understand the mechanisms leading to thrombosis and to develop more effective new drug therapies.
  • Cardiac Development, in which we seek to understand the origins of congenital heart disease, particularly related to hemodynamic forces.
  • Vascular Biology and Vascular Tissue Engineering, in which we seek to understand the role of hemodynamics on vascular cell functions in disease and design new devices for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
  • Biological Shape Spaces, in which we seek to find relationships between the shape and function of biological systems and to better understand how alterations in shape can alter function and vice-versa.

Faculty
Andras Gruber
Monica Hinds
Owen McCarty
Sandra Rugonyi
Kent Thornburg