Investigators: Valentín Fuster, Luis Jesús Jiménez Borreguero, Zahi Fayad, Juan José Badimón, Borja Ibañez, Juan Carlos Murciano, Jesús Mateo
This laboratory specializes in the study of cardiovascular changes associated with four large areas and situations: aortic territory (especially in the pathology of aneurisms), brain and aging, vascular regeneration (“vasa vasorum”) and atherothrombosis as an inflammatory disease. The experimental animal models chosen to carry out these studies are: rat, mouse, rabbit and pig. To find more details on these studies, visit the section IMAGING DEPARTMENT PROJECTS.
Imaging research tools will be developing for: 1) New targeted contrast agents for MRI and CT, as well as radiopharmaceuticals for PET. 2) MRI new sequences to address projects on MR coronary angiography, BOLD projects (“blood oxygenation level dependent”). 3) Development of CT technology and methods that can be applied to the classification of coronary atheromatous plaques. 4) Post-processing software for multimodal imaging data and to obtain quantitative values such as volume, proportions, etc., which will allow tissue to be calculated through the optimization of algorithms.
The cardiologist Valentín Fuster currently combines functions as the Director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Physician-in-Chief at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and General Director of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid.
The inumerable positions he has held include those of President of the American Heart Association, President of the World Heart Federation, member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences (where he chairs the committee for the prevention of the global epidemic in heart disease), member of the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and President of the Training Program of the American College of Cardiology.