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Cardiology Research

Elective Number: 1639 (research)

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Coleen McNamara, MR5, G231; 243-5854

Prerequisite: At least a month in advance, submit a research proposal (see how to schedule research electives)

Available: all Rotations

Duration: Maximum 12 weeks, Minimum 4 weeks

Time to Report: as arranged with research mentor

Place to Report: as arranged with research mentor

Attendance: A student may not take time off during a 4-week rotation.

Number of students per rotation:

Course Description: This elective is designed to introduce the student to a research experience in Cardiology. At the end of the elective the student should have learned how research experiments are designed and conducted, how data is analyzed and how statistical methods are used for understanding the results of experiments. The primary areas of investigation include:

  • The evaluation of non-invasive methods to assess myocardial blood flow, cardiac function and myocardial cellular viability;
  • Investigation of mechanisms of coronary restenosis after angioplasty;
  • Reduction of myocardial inflammation with adenosive A2A agonists after acute myocardial infarction;
  • Experimental echocardiography to measure cardiac function and myocardial blood flow;
  • Mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias;
  • Clinical research studies in coronary or valvular heart disease;
  • Role of platelets and thrombin in acute ischemic syndromes;
  • Coronary atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes.