About M-BoCA
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Researching Cardiovascular Aging

The heart of M-BoCA is inclusiveness along with the strong belief that many minds and talents can lead to a synergy and wealth of new discoveries.

What is M-BoCA
M‐BoCA goals

The M-BoCA program has 3 broad goals in its nature:

  • To enhance collaborative research in the area of cardiovascular aging at the University of Michigan and beyond
  • To provide enhanced mentoring and pilot funds to junior faculty who are interested in Cardiovascular aging 
  • To provide educational forums in the areas of cardiovascular and aging

The heart of M-BoCA is inclusiveness along with the strong belief that many minds and talents can lead to a synergy and wealth of new discoveries. M-BoCA provides space for these types of collaborations to take off and excel in the world of cardiovascular and aging.

Note from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

I am honored to serve as the new director of the Michigan Biology of Cardiovascular Aging (M-BoCA) Center. Since its inception in 2017, Dr. Daniel Goldstein’s commitment, diligence, and significant vision have turned this center into an effective hub for sharing ideas, scientific conversations, and partnerships between different but complementary fields focused on studying cardiac aging. 

The M-BoCA multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Aging program is strategically architected to serve as an interdisciplinary research hub, amalgamating a diverse array of heterogeneous and synergistic scientific proficiencies. Our primary objective is to advance the understanding of the molecular, cellular, and systemic mechanisms through which aging modulates cardiovascular physiology and contributes to associated pathologies. The M-BoCA program continues to act as a catalyst for fostering synergistic research collaborations among its members and participants. The program will serve as a fertile ground for the convergence of basic scientists, clinicians, and translational investigators, facilitating the exchange of ideas and methodologies. 

Incorporated within the program's framework are essential educational and training dimensions. These include implementing an enhanced mentorship model designed to cultivate trainees' academic and research skills at various career stages. Additionally, the program is committed to organizing specialized educational forums that serve as platforms for disseminating and critically evaluating emerging research in the field of cardiovascular aging. The center will also make core equipment available for members and investigators in the field of cardiovascular aging.

To further catalyze innovative research endeavors, the M-BoCA program continues to allocate pilot funding, with a particular emphasis on supporting early-career faculty who are pioneering new investigative trajectories in the domain of cardiovascular aging.


Ahmed Abdel-Latif, MD, PhD
Director of M-BoCA

Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center
Cardiovascular Health Improvement Project (CHIP)
North Campus Research Complex
Aging Cell
Cell Metabolism
Circulation Research
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB)
JAMA presentation

Dr. Preeti Malani's slides on Scientific Writing

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Scientific Writing
American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
American Heart Association (AHA)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Gerontological Society of America (Biological Sciences Program)