Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta
The Smooth Muscle Research Group (SMRG) was created in 1994 with the mandate to develop an internationally recognised programme of excellence for investigation and training in the field of Smooth Muscle Function in Health and Disease. To accomplish this goal, established and newly recruited scientists and their research teams were housed within contiguous laboratories in the Heritage Medical Research Building. Group members were recruited for their common interest in smooth muscle (and in particular vascular smooth muscle), with diverse expertise in the disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, cell biology, structural biology, physiology (including electrophysiology) and pharmacology. The rationale for the creation of this unique organisation was that it would facilitate a collaborative, trans-disciplinary research and training environment and foster innovative approaches for the investigation of smooth muscle biology.
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