MCW Cardiovascular Center Affinity Groups

Affinity groups (AGs) of the CVC have been redesigned to organize collaborative networks and to promote interactions among investigators with common and disease-oriented research interests. Accordingly, all AGs will continue to serve as campus incubators in order to stimulate, exchange and nurture new ideas and develop novel research programs in basic, translational, and clinical research.

An essential requirement, however, is that the AGs become organized as launching platforms to becoming "signature" clinical and research programs. By design, signature programs (SPs) are disease-oriented research programs, which are inclusively geared to transcend the chasm and to create opportunities from across MCW and all regional affiliated programs (e.g., Blood Research Institute, Children Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Health Systems, etc.). A formal affiliation with the CVC will not preclude scientists and clinical colleagues forging new collaborations that are dedicated to achieving the new objectives outlined below for the group.

First, the size and composition of the working groups should contain investigators and clinician scientists/investigators who form critical alliances to enable the these working groups to become the nucleus for a Program Project Grant, multiple PI/PD and multidisciplinary (U01) grants.

Second, AGs meeting these criteria will be eligible for support for an 'off-site' retreat and, perhaps, institutional seed grant funding administered jointly between the CVC and Departments. Specific details for these competitive awards will be provided when funds become available.

This evolution of AGs should not discourage small groups of individuals functioning as extended lab meetings/journal clubs of labs working on interrelated problems. However, we believe these efforts for reorganization of AGs should accelerate the testing of new ideas in translational and health outcomes research while enhancing the success rate of research programs for extramural funding.

Please see our membership guidelines and application details for more information.

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Active Affinity Groups


A group fostering collaborative work to improve R01 grant content.


The focus of this group is to discuss ongoing and new research in the diverse microvesicle field.

Muscular Dystrophy

This group will explore research options into possible genetic and pharmacological therapies for patients with muscular dystrophy diseases.


The emerging discipline of cardio‐oncology is designed to merge the complementary expertise of cardiologists and oncologists in a comprehensive care provider platform for cancer survivors.

Novel Use of EKG for LVH Diagnosis

The focus of this group is to foster collaborations between institutions.

Congenital Heart Disease

The focus of this group is to discuss lab techniques: capillary electrophoresis, real-time PCR, TaqMan, Affy chip analysis, Tissue Bank handling, sequence capture.


This group will focus on research efforts to improve cardiovascular health and reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease.

Free Radicals

The focus of this group is to develop a PPG on mechanisms of reactive oxygen species in vascular signaling.


The focus of this group is to integrate hypertension research at MCW and foster better communication among scientists working in the field.

Regenerative Medicine

This group provides research progress updates.

Microvascular Function

The focus of this group is to discuss ongoing research, translational collaborations, and manuscript and grant submissions.

Vascular Biology/Vascular Diseases

Alternate Journal Club and research presentation.

CVC Research Contact Information

Stephanie Gruenloh
Research Support Specialist
(414) 955-4397 |

Cardiovascular Center
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

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Milwaukee, WI 53226
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