Basic Research The University of Rochester Medical Center is one of the top 25 funded academic medical centers in the USA. Our basic research in cardiology is one reason for our top ranking. Basic cardiology research helps scientists to gain a better understanding of how the heart and vascular system works. While basic research cannot be applied to patient care immediately, it is critical for moving our knowledge of heart disease forward. At the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, more than 100 scientists, technicians and fellows perform the basic research that is changing the future cardiology. Their work is giving us a better understanding of how the heart and blood vessels work and how they become susceptible to disease. The breakthroughs discovered here could one day lead to new treatments and cures for heart disease, improving the lives of people throughout the world. The Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute is the only center in the region performing basic cardiology research. Would you like to learn more about basic research at the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute? Please visit the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute web site.