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Studying the Storm in the Heart

The University of Michigan Center for Arrhythmia Research is led by José Jalife, M.D. Dr. Jalife describes arrhythmia as being "like a hurricane or tornado in your heart muscle, except instead of wind it's electrical waves."

The Center for Arrhythmia Research is a perfect fit with other research, and clinical, efforts underway within the U-M Medical School, as well as in association with the U-M Cardiovascular Center. The Jalife group works closely with others whose laboratory work relates to heart muscle cells and arrhythmia. In addition, the group also collaborates with U-M's prominent clinical arrhythmia specialists, who treat thousands of patients a year. These include the physicians of the Cardiac Electrophysiology group of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine as well as pediatric arrhythmia specialists.

Our Research Focus

We strongly encourage collaboration among our investigators and our facility is designed with interconnecting laboratories to promote the sharing of ideas and resources. For organizational purposes, we are arranged into the following five divisions:

  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cellular and Developmental Cardiology
  • Molecular Cardiology
  • Vascular Biology
  • Clinical Research