Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn


Heart attacks and strokes contribute greatly disease burden worldwide. Rupture of large artery atherosclerotic plaques followed by intravascular thrombosis is the primary cause of the majority of these cardiovascular morbid events.

RCSI cardiovascular clinicians and scientists have multiple research programs concerning risk factors, the molecular biology of atherothrombosis, optimal therapy and the minimization of cardiovascular complications - the following themes are of particular interest;

  • Hypertension and its causation of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
  • Identification / diagnostic tests for early atherosclerosis and rupture-prone vulnerable plaques.
  • Biomarkers of thrombotic phenotypes
  • Personalised cardioprotective medicine
  • Strategies towards maximum salvage of cardiomyocytes and neurons during heart attacks and strokes respectively.
  • Optimal management of the late complications of atherothrombotic events.