Endothelial Biomedicine

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William C. Aird
Cambridge University Press, Sep 3, 2007 - Science
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The endothelium, the cell layer that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, is a spatially distributed system that extends to all areas of the human body. Clinical and basic research demonstrates that the endothelium plays a crucial role in mediating homeostasis and is involved in virtually every disease, either as a primary determinant of pathophysiology or as a victim of collateral damage. The endothelium has remarkable, though largely untapped, diagnostic and therapeutic potential. This volume bridges the bench-to-bedside gap in endothelial biomedicine, advancing research and development and improving human health. The book is the first to systematically integrate knowledge about the endothelium from different organ-specific disciplines, including neurology, pulmonary, cardiology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, infectious disease, hematology-oncology, nephrology, and dermatology. It's interdisciplinary approach, which draws on expertise from such diverse fields as evolutionary biology, comparative biology, molecular and cell biology, mathematical modeling and complexity theory, translational research, and clinical medicine.

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Dr. William C. Aird received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1985. After completing his internal medicine and chief medical residency at the University of Toronto, he undertook a Hematology fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Aird received his postdoctoral training in the Department of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1996, he established an independent research program in the Division of Molecular Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Aird is currently Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Molecular and Vascular Medicine.

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