Welcome to the Center for Vascular Biology (CVB) at the University of Connecticut Health Center, located in Farmington, Connecticut. Dr. Linda H. Shapiro, Director, oversees the Center which was formed in 1998. The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees chose vascular biology as one of the strategic areas of research in the Health Center Strategic Plan and recruitment began in earnest in 1998. Currently, there are six primary faculty members in the Center. One other Health Center faculty member is affiliated with the CVB and contributes to the research and education efforts of the center.
Vascular biology is the study of the cells of the vascular system, which permeates every organ in the body. Blood vessels are dynamic structures made up of several cell types, including endothelial and smooth muscle cells. Abnormality of blood vessels is important in many serious diseases, including heart attacks, diabetic leg ulcers, cancer growth and metastasis, diabetic blindness, and rheumatoid arthritis, among others.
CVB faculty participates in educational programs in the schools of medicine, dental medicine and graduate school. Active graduate and postdoctoral training programs exist in the laboratories of the CVB. Through cutting-edge research and education, we aim to contribute important new knowledge to the field of vascular biology.