The Center for Molecular Cardiology is co-headed by Prof. Lüscher and Prof. Camici, and is closely associated with the University Heart Center Zurich.

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Campus Schlieren, University of Zurich.

The Center is composed by several research groups each focusing on different aspects of translational research in cardiovascular physiology. In particular, the group led by Prof. Thomas Lüscher focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying myocardial infarction as well as HDL dysfunction; the group led by Prof. Christian Matter focuses on atherothrombosis in genetically modified mice and translates these findings to the clinical context in patients with acute coronary syndromes; the group headed by Prof. Giovanni Camici studies the pathogenesis of vascular aging and stroke with particular emphasis on aging of systemic vs cerebral arteries; the team headed by Prof. Urs Eriksson studies the mechanisms of heart-specific autoimmunity and progression of postinflammatory cardiomyopathy; the group led by Prof. Jürg Beer investigates the cardioprotective effects of alpha linolenic acid and platelets; and the group of Dr. Sokrates Stein explores molecular pathways that affect the development of chronic cardiovascular diseases.