COBRE Core Facilities

Once established, the Cardiovascular Research Core will have the capability to provide the following services to COBRE investigators and others:

  • Brachial artery flow mediated (FMD) with and without nitroglycerin
  • Assessment of microvascular function via laser Doppler of cutaneous circulation
  • Carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) measurements
  • Standard and Doppler Carotid ultrasound
  • Measures of arterial stiffness and wave reflection (pulse wave velocity (PWV), augmentation index
  • Arterial waveform analysis (PWA)
  • Central aortic pressure
  • Cardiac echocardiography
  • Heart rate variability
  • Exercise testing in collaboration with the UD Nurse Managed Health Center
  • Custom Vascular Studies: CVRC will be well equipped to handle customized studies with existing equipment or with investigator’s equipment.
  • Cell culture facilities
  • Biostatistical support

Personnel support will include ultrasound expertise, cell culture support, a research nurse, and support for graded exercise testing.