Welcome to the Cardiovascular Sciences Collaborative Programs

Collaborating Graduate Departments

Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry

Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry focuses on designing optimal process for production and modification of a wide range of compounds including inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals, polymers, biomaterials etc. At the core of the discipline of Chemical Engineering are principles of transport processes, thermodynamics, kinetics and reactor design. Students in the CSCP program will have an opportunity to apply their chemical engineering process design skills in developing new biomaterials and bioreactors for expansion and cultivation of cardiovascular cells and tissues, in mathematical modelling of flow conditions in the cardiovascular system, as well as in modelling of key transport processes involved in the species transport and metabolism in the cardiovascular system.

Department of Exercise Sciences

Exercise Science is the graduate program of the Faculty of Physical Education and Health. The unifying theme for research activities in the Exercise Science Program is the influence that physical activity can have on health, and the effect that disease and injury have on physical activity. Research interests of the cardiovascular group include: cardiovascular control during stress, adaptive responses of circulation, angiogenesis, etc.

Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

The Department is concerned with the chemical changes that may be associated with deviations from normal structure and function in a living organism, with mechanisms of cell and tissue injury and with the etiology, pathogenesis and behaviour of disease. The curriculum of courses and the research project provides the student with the training to carry out the broadbased multidisciplinary research used by experimental clinical biochemists, medical microbiologists and pathologists to study mechanisms of disease and metabolic and functional homeostasis. Research is carried out in several areas including vascular cell, developmental and molecular biology, cardiac ischemia, pulmonary hypertension, vascular grafts, transplantation, atherosclerosis, hypertension, hypertrophy, free radicals, sympathetic nervous system, and biochemistry of membrane lipids. The techniques utilized include cell and molecular biology, analytical biochemistry, physiology, biotechnology and molecular epidemiology.

Department of Medical Biophysics

Medical Biophysics is an interdisciplinary department, in the Faculty of Medicine, with major subsections Cell/Molecular Biology, Medical Physics, and Structural Biology. The focus of the Department is on research and on the training of Graduate students. Primary locations are at the Ontario Cancer Institute, the Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Science Centre and the Medical Sciences Building. The Department offers opportunities for research in a variety of biological problems; projects which cut across the conventional boundaries of physics, engineering, chemistry, biology and medicine are encouraged. The Department emphasizes basic and applied research related to cancer but many other areas, including cardiovascular research, are covered. Projects include the following areas: tumour biology, radiobiology, membrane function, molecular interactions, gene expression, cell differentiation and growth control, viral and chemical carcinogenesis, cellular and molecular immunology, hemopoiesis, macromolecular structure via electron microscopy, x-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy, the physics of radiation therapy and diagnostic imaging, development of imaging systems involving ultrasound, nuclear magnetic resonance and electron optics.

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pharmacology is the study of mechanism of action of drugs and how they act on biological systems from the molecular level to the whole animal situation. Our particular cardiovascular themes of research are heart failure, hypertension, atherosclerosis, etc., with particular emphasis on cardiac and vascular biology.

Department of Physiology

Physiology is an integrating discipline that explores how the body works as a whole to maintain homeostasis in the face of continual internal and external challenges. The main research areas include integrative physiology (cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, etc), neurophysiology, endocrinology and metabolism. Such integration helps students to organize factual details for effective problem solving be it at the submolecular or whole body level.

Department of Rehabilitation Science

Rehabilitation Science is the systematic study of the physical and psychosocial dimensions of human function throughout the lifespan of individuals with impairments, disabilities and/or handicaps. The MSc in Rehabilitation Science is a thesis, research program, not a professional program leading to a professional practice license. The program includes a core course in Rehabilitation Science Theory and Research. Seven additional courses, three in the field of Physical Rehabilitation and four in the field of Psychosocial Rehabilitation are also offered. The program is designed to make the best use of the exceptional resources available within the University of Toronto health science complex. The program will enhance the growing research activity in the area of Rehabilitation Science and prepare students for further graduate study.

Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary field that applies the principles of engineering, mathematics and physical sciences to the solution of clinical and life science problems. Two of the three theme areas of the Institute, "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Engineering" and Cellular and Molecular Engineering", have a significant cardiovascular component involving Doppler ultrasound, nonthrombogenic biomaterials, hemodynamic-induced vascular disorders, tissue engineering, drug delivery and endovascular devices.