What are the causative factors underlying the disparity in prevalence and progression of various vascular disorders (PAD, CVD, aneurysm) across populations?
To increase the potential of translating basic research discoveries into the clinic, there is a need to discover molecular biomarkers that confer risk for aneurysms and vascular dissections. The creation of a nation-wide biorepository of well-defined tissue and plasma samples along with research utilizing these tissue samples employing state-of-the art proteomics, genomics and development of appropriate mouse models will... more »
Controversies exist regarding the treatment of the thoracic aorta in those with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV), in particular: 1) conflicting views regarding criteria for elective surgery, particularly aneurysm size 2) extent of thoracic aortic aneurysm repair.
How to develop effective medical therapies to reduce aneurysm progression - currently only surgical intervention is effective.
Even though science and technology has advanced, many of the advancements have not met the critical challenge of making significant changes in patient therapies for improved outcomes and thus have not been able to break through the translational barrier. In today’s world, risk of aortic dissection is still based purely on a crude size measurement. It is true that evidence indicates that aortic root aneurysm above 4.5... more »
Critical challenges in the assessment of aortic aneurysms are: (1) Availability of reliable animal models that simulate the human pathology, (2) Availability of molecular imaging resources – identification of biomarkers, development of targeted imaging probes and pre-clinical imaging methods, and plasma markers that predict whether an aneurysm is prone to rupture or dissection, (3) Bringing together a wide array of multi-disciplinary... more »