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Message From The Director

Welcome to the Center for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences (CCRS) at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center! We are an evolving interdisciplinary center housed within the WVU HSC and are comprised of research investigators and educators spanning three main campuses of WVU; the Health Science Center, Evansdale and Downtown. Within this, we have core members of the CCRS in the following Colleges and Schools:

We have three major components to our integrated mission as a center:

Research: Recently, the CCRS has targeted its research mission around three major themes:

  • Xenobiotic Toxicology
  • Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
  • Chronic Stress, Depression and Cardiovascular Disease

In addition, we are actively working with the Center for Neuroscience and Dr. James Simpkins, Director of the Center for Basic and Translational Stroke Research, to help develop and establish the ‘cardiovascular’ components underlying stroke research.

Education: our CCRS faculty members are all actively engaged in not only contributing to the ongoing educational mission of WVU, they are also continually developing new, state-of-the art, educational opportunities for students across the academic spectrum. For more information on these efforts, please contact Dr. Fred L. Minnear, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, or visit our Office for Research and Graduate Education.

Service: In addition to the ongoing service to the academic community and scientific societies in which all of our faculty participate, our service to the state and residents of West Virginia occurs primarily through the public health/outreach efforts in each of our three research themes. These public health/outreach efforts within the research themes have their own experienced leadership to help facilitate their activities.

We thank you for your interest in visiting our website and learning more about our center. If we can provide you any additional information about educational and research opportunities within the CCRS through its myriad efforts, please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.

Jefferson C. Frisbee, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences
Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology