The Zarins Lab

Financial Support

Up Coming Support

Woods Foundation for Aneurysm Research

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is 13th leading causes of death in US. Open surgical repair was only option for patients for past 50 years. During past decade new technology has allowed less invasive approaches to treat AAA.

Stanfrd has been a pioneer in the understanding of causes prevention of aneurysm and the development of strategies.

Davis Stern Venous Research

Exercise influence on venous hemodynamics, venous blood flow, MRA - venous flow in exercise

Current Support


Previous Support

The Morris and Alvirda Hyman Aortic Aneurysm Fund

The Hyman Aneurysm Fund was established in 1998 by the generous donation of Mr. & Mrs. Morris and Alvirda Hyman. Mr. Hyman is a very successful banker and was a patient with abdominal aortic aneurysm of Dr. Christopher K. Zarins at Stanford Medical Center. Mr. Hyman was so satisfied with the surgical repair of his aneurysm by Dr. Zarins and was so impressed by the research efforts on vascular disease in Dr. Zarins' laboratory that he together with his entire family determined to support the ongoing research. The hymans donated $ ?? each year for 4 consecutive years to Dr. Zarins' research. Thus, the hyman Aneurysm Fund enable Dr. Zarins to recruite researchers and purchase experiment supplies. As a result, several projects were supported by this fund and the research efforts were productive. Moreover, this fund served as a seeding funding which greatly helped the research team obtaining an NIH grant of two terms on aneurysm research. The following are the research projects and publications under the support of the Hyman Aneurysm Fund.


  1. Pathogenesis of human abdominal aortic aneurysms
  2. Biomechanics of the aortic wall
  3. Molecular mechanisms of aortic wall remodeling in response to elevation of blood pressure and flow
  4. Endothelial cell proliferation and migration in response to high flow
  5. Tissue engineering in relation to angiogenesis


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