Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of hospitalization and death for those over 65, and the number two cause for those between the ages of 35 and 64. The Cardiovascular Research Group in the Life Sciences Institute is composed of a group of scientists dedicated to solving these problems. We are studying how the heart generates and maintains its regular beat, and how the heart controls its force of contraction. This research directly impacts our understanding and treatment of arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Since our scientists have direct connections to local biotechnology companies, we ensure that the discoveries are transferred, as rapidly as possible, to the bedside and the clinic.