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Center for Vascular & Inflammatory Diseases

About the CVID

Officially formed July 1, 2005, the overall mission of the CVID is to promote research at the University of Maryland that advances knowledge of vascular and inflammatory diseases, and to interface with clinicians and to promote translation of the basic discoveries into novel therapeutic applications that will ultimately improve the health of patients.

To learn more about the CVID, please see Mission and Vision.

Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases

Insults to the vasculature can cause a wide range of life threatening diseases that include:

Inflammation is emerging as a key contributor to many vascular diseases and further, plays a major role in autoimmune diseases, arthritis, allergic reactions and cancer. Tumor cells can induce the formation of new blood vessels through a process called angiogenesis and in concert with inflammation is thought to be critical in the transition from a benign to a malignant disease.

Research at the CVID

Research at the Center focuses on integrating molecular and cell biology with applied and clinical sciences specifically in the follwing areas:

  • biochemistry
  • vascular biology
  • immunology
  • cancer biology
  • hematopoiesis
  • stem cell biology
  • cardiology


Dudley K. Strickland, PhD

Dudley K. Strickland, PhD
Associate Dean for Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and Director of the Center for Vascular & Inflammatory Diseases