University of Nebraska Medical Center

About Us

The Center for Heart and Vascular Research has a vision to be the hub that facilitates cutting-edge research in cardiovascular health and disease.


To be a world-class leader in heart and vascular research excellence.


Facilitate collaborative basic, translational and clinical research that develops the team into an innovative and leading heart and vascular research center and improves the health of our communities.

  • Develop and apply multidimensional approaches to examine the mechanisms whereby the heart and vasculature respond to injury or stress.
  • Apply the knowledge gained to develop diagnostic tools, test therapeutic strategies, and conduct health services research that prevents, slows, or reverses heart and vascular disease progression.
  • Disseminate our results to scientific, medical, and general communities. Educate and mentor the next generation of scientists.

Build Capacity: Infrastructure that facilitates the co-localization of clinicians and non-clinician biomedical researchers with diverse expertise to promote further cross-pollination of research interests and perspectives.

Tangible Support: Access to resources and support to explore new questions, implement new approaches, and integrate expertise needed to take research to the next level.


Stokes-Shakelford Professor and Chair of the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Director, Center for Heart and Vascular Research

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Associate Director, Center for Heart and Vascular Research
Professor, Department of Surgery

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Steering Committee

Associate Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Daniel Anderson, MD, PhD

Professor, UNMC Department of Neurological Sciences
Senior Associate Dean of Research and Development, UNMC College of Medicine
Director, Center for Integrative and Translational Neuroscience
Co-Investigator, Co-Director, Great Plains IDeA-CTR

Dr. Howard Fox

Professor, Department of Surgery
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Professor & Dorothy Hodges Olson Endowed Chair in Nursing

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Director, Research Resources

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Amy Biggerstaff

Administrative Coordinator

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