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Affinity Groups

Affinity groups (AGs) of 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 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.

MCW investigators interested in attending meetings
of one of these groups should contact the group organizer.







Meeting Times

Atherosclerosis Daisy Sahoo
Organize a group fostering collaborative work to improve R01 grant content K. Pritchard
D. Sahoo
Scheduled on an ad hoc basis. Contact Daisy Sahoo for details
Cardiac function and remodeling Paul Goldspink
To foster collaborative research centered around the theme of cardiac function and remodeling in disease and injury. To develop interdisciplinary approaches to improving cardiac function with the goal of enhancing funding opportunities. J. Auchampach
P. Goldspink
R. Ramchandran
J. Strande
Once a month on a Wednesday (12-2pm) Please contact the organizer for more details.
Congenital heart disease:
genetic etiology and risk factors
Aoy Tomita-Mitchell
Lab meeting. Lab techniques:capillary electrophoresis, real-time PCR, TaqMan, Affy chip analysis, Tissue Bank handling, sequence capture M. Mitchell
A. Tomita-Mitchell
D. Woodrow Benson 
First Monday of each month 10-11 on 2nd floor of the CRI, Rm C2145
Free radicals and vascular function David Harder
Develop a PPG on mechanisms of reactive oxygen species in vascular signaling J. Corbett
D. Gebremedhin
D. Gutterman
D. Harder
N. Hogg
K. Pritchard
J. Vasquez-Vivar
Weekly, on Thursdays
4-5pm, CVC Conference
Room M4799
Allen Cowley
Integrate hypertension research at MCW and foster better communication among scientists working in the field A. Cowley
A. El-Meanawy
A. Greene
J. Imig
M. Liang
J. Lombard
D. Mattson
P. O’Connor
E. Saad
A. Sorokin
A. Starushchenko
C. Williams  
Monthly, second Wednesday of the month, 10am to 11am, CVC Conf. Rm H4950
Andreas Beyer
Joint lab meetings and journal club A. Beyer
D. Gutterman
M. Widlansky
D. Zhang
Weekly, Mondays 3pm, CVC conf room H4950
Pulmonary Elizabeth Jacobs
384-2000 x41430
PPG D. Frank
E. Jacobs
G. Konduri
M. Medhora
M. Merker
R. Molthen
K. Pritchard
Scheduled on an
ad hoc basis. Please contact Laura Adrian for details
John Lough
Research progress updates J. Auchampach
S. Duncan
J. Lough
R. Misra
P. North
M. Zhao
Monthly. Please contact John Lough for details
Vascular biology Ramani Ramchandran
Alternate Journal Club & research presentation

K. Duffy
R. Miao
R. Misra
R. Ramchandran
R. Sood
R. Teng
G. Wilkinson
M. Woodnicka

Weekly on Thursday, 11am - noon, C3195
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