Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, and Diabetes

Cardiovascular diseases are still the highest and number one cause of death in the United States. Alarmingly increased rates of obesity in the United States and especially in the Appalachian region (WV) have increased risk to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The Cardiovascular, Obesity and Diabetes Research Cluster (CODRC) is composed of a broad group of basic science and clinical faculty drawn from different departments and schools of Marshall University and its affiliated institutions. This Research Cluster offers students the opportunity to gain an education and research training in various aspects of cardiovascular function and diseases, obesity and diabetes.

The cluster includes world renowned scientists in metabolic syndrome, hypertension and heart failure: Dr. Nader Abraham (Vice Dean for Research), Dr. Joseph Shapiro (Dean of Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine) and Dr. Zijian Xie (Director of Marshall Institute of Interdisciplinary Research).

Students will learn and utilize a variety of genetic, epigenetic, molecular, morphological and physiological experimental techniques and apply them to models at the animal, tissue, cell and molecular levels. The students will also have an opportunity to work on translational research projects with leading scientists and clinical faculty. The results of each student’s research would contribute directly to a greater understanding of cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes, their interrelationships and the development of improved treatments.

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