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Cardiovascular Training Grant

The Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiology Training Grant in Cardiovascular Medicine has been continuously active for more than 33 years; its guiding mission is to train our nation’s leading academic cardiologists and cardiovascular research scientists. 

Alumni from the program include scores of faculty members at all ranks in academic Cardiology Divisions throughout the country, many now holding Director positions in various departments, as well as basic science trainees who have gone on to establish their own independent research as clinical or non-clinical faculty.

Our strength is the interdisciplinary nature of the program

We conduct research that spans basic molecular biology, genetics and cell science of the heart and vessels through and including clinical studies and population science focusing on epidemiology, outcomes research and health care policy.  

Our faculty has a long history of collaboration, integrating multiple disciplines to achieve a common research goal.  Trainees benefit from this environment, engaging in projects that typically bridge different areas of scientific inquiry.  The more than 80 faculty members represent the Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiology, as well as faculty from:

  • The Department of Biomedical Engineering,
  • The Institute of Genetic Medicine,
  • The Institute of Cell Therapeutics,
  • Neuroscience,
  • The Departments of Cellular and Molecular Biology,
  • Radiology,
  • Epidemiology and Public Health.

Postdoctoral fellowship support

The training program funds 11 post-doctoral fellows providing salary support for from one to three consecutive years of dedicated research, with one to two  years as the norm.  All candidates for the program must be United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States.  The candidate pool is divided between post-doctoral clinical MD or MD-PhD fellows who are admitted to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Cardiology training fellowship, and individuals who apply or are recruited from outside institutions with PhD (or MD- PhD) degrees, but who are not involved with the clinical cardiology training.   Both groups engage in a broad range of research endeavors, as well as receiving mentoring from senior researchers and primary investigators.

Some examples of current research:

  • Molecular Physiology of Heart Failure and Hypertrophy
  • Novel treatments of heart failure
  • Genetics of heart disease
  • Ion channel function and pathophysiology
  • Endothelial signaling and thrombosis
  • Oxidant and nitrosative stress modulation
  • Cardiac Dyssynchrony and Resynchronization
  • Mitochondrial Regulation in health and cardiac disease
  • Proteomics and Post-Translational Regulation
  • Clinical Genetics for Predictors of Sudden Cardiac Death
  • Advanced Cardiac Imaging – CT, MRI, Echocardiography
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Clinical Electrophysiology; new imaging and therapeutic approaches
  • Clinical Heart Failure diagnosis and Therapy
  • Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Aging
  • Preventive Cardiology and Risk Management