In spite of enormous advances in diagnosis and treatment over the last 20 years, cardiovascular diseases remain the major cause of death in the developed world. The costs generated in economic, social and human terms are immense. In response to this situation, the Spanish Government, through the Carlos III Institute of Health, created the CNIC to bring together the best of Spanish cardiovascular research and provide it with a modern infrastructure and ample funding to carry out world-leading biomedical research.
The CNIC’s three main areas of activity are Scientific Research, Translational Medicine, and Training,
Research at the CNIC is grouped into three departments:
Vascular Biology and Inflammation: The VBI department investigates the complex interactions between the components of circulating blood and the vascular wall, with emphasis on emphasis on vessel wall remodeling, inflammation and autoimmunity, and cell biology and signaling in metabolism and disease.
Cardiovascular Development and Repair: The CDR department investigates the cell-cell interactions and signaling pathways operating during heart morphogenesis and vascular development, the origin and maintenance of the pluripotent state, and the metabolic regulation and repair of the adult cardiovascular system.
Atherothrombosis, Imaging and Epidemiology: The AIE department develops non-invasive technologies for molecular-resolution imaging that can identify and characterize vulnerable plaques. In combination with epidemiologic analyses, this approach provides invaluable information on the underlying molecular mechanisms of disease, leading to tools for accurate diagnosis and targeted drug delivery.
The following is the list of scholars from National Center for Cardiovascular Research who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences