Research Corner

The Broad Foundation Funds a $1 Million Gift

Gift will fund a women's heart research fellowship

Cedars-Sinai has received a $1 million gift from The Broad Foundation to fund a women's heart research fellowship within its Women's Heart Center.

The Edythe L. Broad Cardiology Research Fellowship will be directed by C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., medical director of the Women's Heart Center. According to Bairey Merz, scientists selected for the one-year fellowship will study coronary microvascular function as well as a variety of other women's heart disease research topics.

Microvascular coronary artery disease affects nearly four times as many women as men -- an estimated two to three million women in the U.S. -- and often evades detection through traditional diagnostic techniques. In light of this, Cedars-Sinai's Women's Heart Center is focusing its expertise on diagnosing and reducing heart disease through a preventive approach that includes state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic testing.

In addition to serving as medical director of the Women's Heart Center, Bairey Merz is medical director of the Women's Health Program and the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center at Cedars-Sinai. She also holds the Women's Guild Endowed Chair in Women's Health and chairs the WISE study, a multi-center, long-term investigation of ischemic heart disease in women.

The Broad Foundation is headquartered in Los Angeles and supports urban K-12 public education, scientific and medical research and the arts. Its scientific and medical research initiatives are targeted at improving lives by accelerating and facilitating innovative biomedical research.