Our History and Mission


The Center for Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences (CICS) was established in 2009 by a collaboration agreement between the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) and Kowa Company, Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan).

The goals of CICS are to promote better understanding of the mechanisms of cardiovascular inflammation and cardiometabolic disorders and to enhance further advancement in cardiovascular prevention and therapy through a translational research program that consists of investigators from academia and industry with multidisciplinary backgrounds acting in concert in a shared space.

Featured Scientist

Dr. Joshua Hutcheson

Dr. Joshua Hutcheson

Dr. Joshua (Josh) Hutcheson joined CICS in September 2012 after completing his Ph.D. in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. His dissertation research in the Merryman Mechanobiology Laboratory focused on understanding the mechanisms of aortic valve disease progression and the identification of potential therapeutic targets. Prior to his Ph.D. work, Dr. Hutcheson received his B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular engineering and M.S. in Chemical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he trained in the drug delivery laboratory of Dr. Mark Prausnitz. Dr. Hutcheson is continuing to do translational research at CICS in Dr. Elena Aikawa's group, where he is working to better understand the role of matrix vesicles in arterial calcification. Specifically, Dr. Hutcheson's research is attempting to identify the mechanisms associated with matrix vesicle formation of microcalcifications and elucidate the resultant biomechanical changes that may lead to plaque vulnerability and thrombosis. Dr. Hutcheson's research has been presented at more than 20 conferences and research symposia and is the basis for two patent applications.



Masanori Aikawa,MD, Ph.D became Specialty Chief Editor of the section Atherosclerosis and Vascular Medicine of Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine.


Our cover picture associated with Junichiro Koga, Md and Toshiaki Nakano’s vein graft paper received the ATVB 2015 Cover Art Award .


Elena Aikawa,MD, Ph.D and Claudia Goettsch, Ph.D are featured in the March issue of BWH Clinical and Research News. Click Here.


Masanori Aikawa,MD, Ph.D is a plenary speaker at US-HUPO this March. Click Here.


Elena Aikawa,MD, Ph.D received the Special Recognition Award in Vascular Biology from Council on ATVB at the AHA Scientific Sessions, 2015, Orlando, FL

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