Our Mission

The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center was established to expand basic, translational, and clinical research of cardiovascular diseases. Cardiovascular diseases, including congestive heart failure, hypertension, atherosclerosis, stroke, aneurysms, and vascular auto-immune diseases are the most common cause of death and disability in the United States, and account for approximately 30% of deaths and health care costs annually in this country and developed societies.

The mission of the Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center is to support interdisciplinary research in basic, translational and clinical cardiovascular sciences, including cardiovascular development, function, pathophysiology, pharmacology, genetics, genomics, and proteomics, and to apply this knowledge to better understand the causes of cardiovascular diseases and to pioneer development of new innovative therapies and approaches to prevent or treat them.

Goals and Objectives

  • To support basic, translational, and clinical research that can be translated into therapies and improve patient care
  • To provide resources that enhance research in cardiovascular related diseases
  • To disseminate knowledge by lectures, seminars and other educational opportunities
  • To support training of pre- and postgraduate students, residents and fellows in the cardiovascular sciences and cardiovascular medicine
  • To help integrate cardiovascular research across labs, departments, and schools at UVA as well as with outside institutions including facilitating collaborative studies
  • To assist CVRC investigators in developing a plan for translating research findings into products or procedures that benefit patients including providing advice on protecting intellectual property, establishing biotech startup companies, and licensing technology to companies

Dr. Gary Owens Receives 2023 Distinguished Researcher Award from the UVA Office of Vice President for Research
Dr. Gary Owens Receives 2023 Distinguished Researcher Award from the UVA Office of Vice President for Research

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Owens who receives 2023 Distinguished Researcher Award from the UVA Office of Vice President for Research! The Research Achievement Awards recognize University of Virginia faculty every year for their excellence in research and scholarship.  Every year they … Read More

Dr. Swapnil Sonkusare in the News Regarding his Team’s Research about a Potential way to Improve the Success of Lung Transplants
Dr. Swapnil Sonkusare in the News Regarding his Team’s Research about a Potential way to Improve the Success of Lung Transplants

A team led by Swapnil K. Sonkusare, PhD, of UVA’s Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, identified a cascade of cellular changes that take place within the lung that ultimately result in what is known as “ischemia-reperfusion injury,” a … Read More

Kenneth Walsh, PhD, Interviewed by CNN About DNA Sequence Analysis of the Y Chromosome
Kenneth Walsh, PhD, Interviewed by CNN About DNA Sequence Analysis of the Y Chromosome

Professor Kenneth Walsh, PhD, in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, provided commentary to CNN on the report of the first full DNA sequence analysis of the Y chromosome. Due to its complex structure, new technological advances were … Read More


Career Development – Preparing for the Next Step: An Interactive Session on CVs and Interviewing

Nicholas Chavkin, PhD - Postdoctoral Researcher University of Virginia Matthew DeWitt, PhD - Senior Scientist University of Virginia

Find out more
MR5 Room 1005,

Nik Barbera, Phd

Identifying and characterizing causal coronary artery disease-associated variants regulating gene expression in vascular smooth muscle cells Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a complex disorder with genetic and environmental influences. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified >300 loci associated with disease … Read More

Find out more
MR5 Room 3005,