Center for Research in Cardiovascular Medicine

UB researchers working in the cardiovascular lab.

The Center for Research in Cardiovascular Medicine is an interdisciplinary research center directed by John M. Canty Jr., MD, Albert and Elizabeth Rekate Chair in Cardiovascular Disease, who has led pioneering studies on the mechanisms involved in sudden cardiac death.

He and his collaborators are developing gene-transfer and adult stem-cell therapy treatments for ischemic heart disease and molecular approaches to identify mechanisms of acquired cardiovascular disease.

Critical to the group’s success is its development a novel pig model with hibernating myocardium.

Patient-oriented research at the center is funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

A major study currently focuses on:

  • PET imaging to predict the risk of sudden cardiac death (principal investigator: John Canty, MD).