Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Submitted by (@jlombard)

Direct Upregulation of Antioxidant Defenses as a Therapeutic Strategy

Clinical trials involving administration of antioxidants such as vitamin C or vitamin E as therapeutic strategies for cardiovascular diseases associated with oxidant stress have proven to be surprisingly disappointing. A particularly attractive alternative approach is direct upregulation of endogenous antioxidant defenses such as NRF2 via dietary approaches. NRF2 is a master antioxidant and cell protective transcription ...more »

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Submitted by (@kerickson)

Do Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and Cystic Fibrosis Inform COPD? Have we been looking?

Cystic fibrosis (CF) and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) share phenotypic features with common COPD including airflow obstruction and airway mucociliary dysfunction. Although research in CF and AATD has advanced our understanding of those rare diseases, it has yet to explain common COPD. Do Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and Cystic Fibrosis Inform COPD? Could therapies currently in use or under development for ...more »

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Submitted by (@jlaakso)

Chronic stress and cardiovascular/metabolic disease

Chronic stress is a risk factor for obesity, cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, and stroke. Glucocorticoid hormones are elevated chronically in stressed conditions and are thought to contribute to the pathogenesis of metabolic and cardiovascular disease. Despite strong evidence for this, non-pharmacologic therapies to reduce stress are not currently part of standard care for the prevention or treatment of metabolic ...more »

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Submitted by (@tomiyama)

Psychological Stress and Cardiovascular Health

Our new Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said recently that one of this four rules for health was "...making sure I’m focusing on my emotional and mental well-being." A majority of Americans reporting moderate to high levels of stress (American Psychological Association, 2014), and evidence links psychosocial aspects of stress and cardiovascular health. Therefore, just as Dr. Murthy highlights well-being as a foundation ...more »

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Submitted by (@ckevil)

Redox regulation of cardiovascular and lung disease through thiols

Redox imbalance as represented by alterations in oxidative versus reductive stresses are well appreciated to occur during nearly all forms of cardiovascular and lung diseases. However, specific molecular mechanisms responsible for these changes remain largely unknown and poorly organized. Study of redox biology principals has revealed that protein cysteine thiols are a unique target for redox posttranslational modifications ...more »

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Submitted by (@hloree)

Devices to Enhance AVF Eligibility and Maturation

There are about 400,000 patients with end-stage renal disease in the U.S. who depend on hemodialysis (HD) for their survival. Creating effective and reliable vascular access sites that can connect patients to HD machines remains a major unmet clinical need. HD patients who use an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) for vascular access live longer, healthier lives and cost less to care for. However, only about 55% of HD patients ...more »

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Submitted by (@viola.vaccarino)

Identify Pathways of Risk Linking Psychosocial Stress to Ischemic Heart Disease in Women

Women differ from men in their manifestations of ischemic heart disease (IHD). They also differ from men with respect to prevalence of psychosocial factors and vulnerability to specific mental disorders. Young women, in particular, appear to be highly susceptible to the adverse cardiovascular effects of psychosocial stress. Those who already have clinical manifestations of IHD display high psychosocial burden which could ...more »

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Submitted by (@cshively)

Brain-Heart Connections

Depression and CHD will become the 2 leading causes of disability in the next decade. Chronic as well as traumatic stress increases CVD risk by about 50%. Although we understand that there are connections between psychosocial stress, affective disorders, and CVD, we do not understand the vast array of brain areas that impact the CV system and the mechanisms connecting them. Neuroscience has made great leaps in understanding ...more »

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Submitted by (@matthew.burg)

Non-obstructive Coronary Disease

It is increasingly apparent that ischemic heart disease does not equal obstructive coronary disease. There is a large, heterogeneous population of individuals who present to the ED with chest pain syndrome with or without a troponin elevation, who on diagnostic evaluation have non-obstructive disease and who on prospective studies have increased risk for ACS and early mortality; other literature shows the same for coronary ...more »

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