Leaders in Cardiovascular Research

Basic science research discoveries are foundational to improving cardiovascular health and curing heart disease. The Duke Cardiovascular Research Center is a world leader in basic cardiovascular research. Our work is led by prominent scientists, many of whom are also dedicated physicians, working to improve patient care through new discoveries.

Working Toward the Future

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Research remains foundational to addressing impending challenges in cardiovascular disease.  The basic and translational scientists in the Duke Cardiovascular Research Center have a mission of service to guide Duke Heart toward the future, by promoting creative integration across the basic, translational and clinical enterprise to accomplish key initiatives in discovery science, innovation, preventive cardiology, and cardiovascular disease treatment.

The Duke Cardiovascular Research Center is now ramping up to strengthen this continuum of cardiology research, which culminates in improved patient care.  The CVRC also has a mission of scholarship, training, and mentoring to develop the next generation leaders.  To accomplish these goals, the Cardiovascular Research Center is eager to partner at all levels—with caregivers, other institutions, industry, and innovative thinkers willing to contribute to this cause and answer the call to action. 

Together, we can make an investment in a future with better tools and medicines for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Leftkowitz teaching

The chemistry of discovery

Duke CVRC's Nobel Laureate, Robert Lefkowitz, MD, on how science develops from asking big questions and accepting inevitable failure.

The Victor J. Dzau Lecture Series in Cardiovascular Research supported by the Mandel Foundation

The Victor J. Dzau Seminar Series features presentations on cardiovascular topics by visiting researchers and Duke faculty.   

Walter Koch, PhD  (right)  Instructor in the Department of Surgery will be the presenter on September 20, 2023.

Latest News

Duke CVRC honors Darrell Capel with Research Staff Appreciation Award

The inaugural Duke Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) Research Staff Appreciation Award was presented to William Darrell Capel earlier this week. Capel was nominated by his direct supervisor, Robert Lefkowitz, MD, and was recognized for his service as a mentor and teacher in the lab.

Duke CVRC to launch Executive Seminar Series

The Duke Cardiovascular Research Center is launching an Executive Seminar Series that will provide the latest thinking in cardiovascular research and clinical care.

Duke CVRC faculty receive awards from Mandel Center for Hypertension and Atherosclerosis

Four faculty in the Division of Cardiology have received awards from the Mandel Center for Hypertension and Atherosclerosis at Duke. The faculty are members of the Duke Cardiovascular Research Center, which has a mission of scholarship, training, and mentoring that includes developing the next leaders in cardiovascular discovery research.