Mission Statement

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Vascular biology is the study of structure and function of blood vessels. Advances in the basic vascular biology research has led to the realization that the impairment of vasculature is germane to various diseases, ranging from heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, among others. Consequently the emergence of vascular biology as a discipline has stimulated tremendous growth in this area of research which led to major increases in our understanding of biology and disease. Vascular biologists use modern tools of biomedical research to investigate the structure and function of cells of the vessel wall, namely, endothelial cells, vascular smooth muscle cells, pericytes, adventitial fibroblasts and infiltrated hematopoietic cells. This knowledge base has also helped develop new drugs and therapies for many human maladies.

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The Center for Vascular Biology at Weill Cornell Medical College aims to:

  • Promote outstanding vascular research of its members
  • Train in the next generation of outstanding vascular biologists
  • Develop novel avenues for translational/bench to bedside research