Dr. Stella Daskalopoulou
Associate Professor - Department of Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine and Division of Experimental Medicine
Director - Vascular Health Unit
Associate Program Leader - Cardiovascular Health across the Lifespan, RI-MUHC
My research focuses on the identification of early markers of vascular impairment and maintenance of vascular health. My objective is to integrate biomedical technology into an innovative cardiovascular research program aimed at unraveling the arteriosclerosis and atherosclerotic process and identifying early markers of severity and progression of vascular disease, as well as treatment efficacy. This program aims to improve upon the current paradigm of screening, investigating, monitoring, and assessing treatment of patients with vascular risk factors and/or established atherosclerotic disease through the assessment of: a) vascular function (e.g. arterial stiffness and hemodynamics), b) imaging (ultrasound and image analysis), c) blood markers (e.g. established and novel biomarkers, microRNAs), and d) the integration of fundamental methods (e.g. histology, immunohistochemistry, qRT-PCR, immunophenotyping). My view in research follows a mode "from microscope-through stethoscope-to telescope" allowing me to perform translational, patient-centered research.