The Department of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Sciences is home to scientists with broad expertise in cardiovascular and related systems as well as cellular metabolism related to diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

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New Research Identifies Link Between Gut Microbes and Stroke

Drs. Hazen and Zhu found that elevated levels of blood TMAO are associated with larger infarct volume and poorer functionality following injury in preclinical stroke models, offering the first evidence that the gut microbiome directly modulates stroke severity.

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Late-Life Fasting Revealed to Improve Health of Preclinical Models

Dr. Hine discovered that every-other-day fasting helped improve metabolic, muscular and cognitive fitness among aged preclinical models, suggesting possible utility as a clinical intervention to increase healthy years and prevent or delay cognitive decline.

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Targeting the Gut Microbiome to Treat or Prevent Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Ahern will investigate the interplay between the gut microbiome and host immune response to understand how novel probiotic strategies may help modulate inflammation and one day be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease.

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