Center for Arrhythmia Research

At the Center for Arrhythmia Research, scientists and physicians from a variety of disciplines work together to develop new methods of diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases, with the primary goal of preventing premature cardiac death. Already, our scientists have made major advances in understanding the molecular and cellular bases for and the fundamental mechanisms of complex, life-threatening arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death.

Ultimately, we will be an international resource for the study of cardiovascular diseases, including ischemic heart disease, heart failure and sudden cardiac death.

Our Mission

  • To promote and stimulate interdisciplinary research in the cardiovascular field, with the overall goal of developing new and effective approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the heart and blood vessels and the prevention of premature death.
  • To foster the education and training of medical, graduate and postdoctoral students in the cardiovascular field.
  • To encourage interdepartmental cooperation among investigators engaged in research related to the cardiovascular system.
  • To manage core facilities supporting interdisciplinary research.


Our research centers around understanding the causes of cardiovascular disease at the molecular, cellular, and electrophysiological levels. Our specific research objectives are:

  • To understand how cells in the heart communicate with each other.
  • To understand the mechanism of ventricular fibrillation, the major cause of sudden death.
  • To understand the mechanisms of atrial fibrillation, the major cause of stroke.
  • To develop new treatments for arrhythmias and prevent sudden death.
  • To develop genetic models of heart disease.
  • To study the molecular genetics of heart failure.
  • To study the molecular causes of diseases of the blood vessels.


The Center for Arrhythmia Research offers interdisciplinary training and support programs for graduate students, medical students, postdoctoral students and clinical scientists.

Students come from more than 20 countries. Many are physicians-in-training ­ cardiology fellows, who have completed medical school and residency, and intend to practice cardiology ­ but want to learn basic cardiac electrophysiology.

Other students include scientists with PhDs seeking postdoctoral training and graduate students pursuing PhDs. Our faculty members teach laboratory research, computational research and elective courses in cardiovascular science. Students meet regularly to present research papers to Center for Arrhythmia Research faculty and present their work at scientific meetings. Graduates of the Center for Arrhythmia Research go on to highly-coveted positions in academics and industry.

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