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Hebrew University one of 25 institutions involved in new European Vascular Genomics Network

lial dysfunction that plays a crucial role in the development of atherosclerosis (the endothelium is the inner lining of blood vessels);

2. Instability of the atherosclerotic plaque that is the main cause of arterial thrombus (blood clot) formation leading to coronary artery occlusion and heart attack (the atherosclerotic plaque is an accumulation of scar tissue, blood cells, cholesterol, and other fatty substances into the artery wall; the buildup of plaque narrows the arteries and slows the flow of blood);

3. Therapeutic angiogenesis that opens avenues for novel treatment of heart disease meant to improve cardiac oxygenation and reduce heart failure (angiogenesis is the science that studies the formation of new vessels which would improve cardiac blood perfusion).

Each of the three areas has the potential for the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies that will provide permanent benefits for patients.


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Contact: Jerry Barach
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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
12-May-2004


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